How to apply for Canada Tourist Visa
Canada Tourist Visa is a temporary Canadian immigration option that allows tourists to visit Canada for the purpose of tourism and leisure. A Canada tourist visa is also known as Canada visitor visa or Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). The Canada tourist visa is granted for a maximum period of six months.
Canada tourist visas are of two types:
Both the visas are valid for a fixed period and cannot be used after they expire.
A single entry visa allows the visa holder to enter Canada just once. After the visa holder leaves Canada, except for travelling to the United States and St. Pierre and Miquelon, he or she will need a new visa to enter Canada again. If the tourist is travelling to the United States (including its Territories and Possessions) or St. Pierre and Miquelon, he or she will not need a new visitor visa to return to Canada.
A multiple entry visa allows a visitor to come and go from Canada for six months at a time, without having to reapply each time. The multiple entry visa can be valid for up to 10 years, or one month before the visa holder’s passport expires, whichever happens earlier.
In order to meet the eligibility criteria for a tourist visa, you will need to prove to the immigration authorities the following things:
Before you apply for Canada tourist visa, read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the CIC website to be sure that you are eligible for the same. Once you are sure that you are eligible for application, you can go ahead with the following procedure:
Step 1: Determine how you will apply
You can apply in either of the two ways for a tourist visa.
Step 2: Fill out the tourist visa application form
Step 3: Pay the processing fee
Step 4: Visit local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC)
Step 5: Submit over your application form
Step 6: Track your application online
As per the Canada Tourist Visa Waiver Program, citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Canada without a visa:
|NAME OF THE COUNTRIES|
|Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda||Australia|
|Italy||Japan||Korea (Republic of)|
|Latvia (Republic of)||Lithuania||Liechtenstein|
|Norway||Papua New Guinea||Poland|
|Portugal||St. Kitts and Nevis||St. Lucia|
|St. Vincent||San Marino||Singapore|
|Switzerland||United Kingdom||United States|
You need to remember the following dos and don’ts while applying for Canada tourist visa.
Note that there is no formal appeal process if your application for a temporary resident visa is refused. In case you wish to re-apply, do so only after you have significant new information to submit.