Canada is a beautiful country to visit! However, if you want to travel to Canada for a vacation, to visit relatives, conduct business, attend a job interview, work, or to study, you must have a valid permit to enter the country.
Visa Exempt Country - eTA
An eTA is an Electronic Travel Authorization which is required for nationals from visa-exempt countries. This is a fast process which can be done online within minutes. A full list of visa-exemptions can be found here.
If you are not from a visa-exempt country, you will need a Temporary
Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada.
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
A TRV can be issued from a Canadian embassy abroad. It is placed
in your passport before you travel to Canada. A TRV shows the border officer that you have met the requirements to be a temporary resident of Canada as a visitor, student, or worker.
Please note that you are not guaranteed entry into Canada even if you have been granted a visa or eTA. Entry into Canada is determined by the Canadian Border Service Agent (CBSA) at the port of entry.
Workers or students entering Canada should also present validated work permit or study permit paperwork to the CBSA on entry.
Visitors are restricted to entering Canada for 6 months
consecutively. A multiple entry visa can be requested allowing a visitor to re-use a visa for up to 10 years. While in Canada, there are also option to extend a stay for more than 6 months.
Processing time for a visa application depends on the location
of the office where you submit the application. Wait times vary greatly by country and time of year. Applications submitted within Canada are generally much faster. Verify your expected wait time here.
Contact us today for a consultation. We will help you
determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for a visitor visa, eTA, or other process. If you do not meet the requirements, we will also advise you on how you can improve your application profile.
TSC Immigration Services will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:
- Determining whether or not you are eligible to apply;
- Determining the likelihood of success for your visa application;
- Ensuring your application is complete and accurately reflects the details of your situation to increase your chance of success;
- Advising you of the rights and privileges a temporary resident permit affords you as well as what you can't do;
- Offering fast service for extremely urgent cases;
- Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your application is reached (applying for permanent residence, renewing the visitor visa, re-application if necessary, etc.)