What is “Visitor’s Visa”?
This is a common name (actually, one of them) for an official document called “temporary resident visa (TRV). TRV is a counterfoil document issued by a visa office that is placed in a person’s passport to show that he or she has met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.
Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations or in organized crime. You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.
To visit Canada, you must meet the basic requirements
To be allowed to enter Canada, you may also need a:
Citizens of certain countries are exempt from obtaining the TRV. While you may not need a visa to visit or transit Canada, you still need to:
Travel with minors
We recommend that parents who share custody of their children carry copies of their legal custody documents, such as custody rights. If you share custody and the other parent is not travelling with you, or if you are travelling with minors for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, we recommend you carry a consent letter to provide authorization for you to take them on a trip and enter Canada.
A consent letter must include the custodial parents' or legal guardians' full name, address and telephone number. Some travellers choose to have the consent letter notarized, to further support its authenticity, especially if they are undertaking a significant trip and want to avoid any delay.
When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should arrive at the border in the same vehicle as their children or any minors they are accompanying.
Travel with pets
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes import requirements for all animals and animal products entering Canada. Please contact us for more information.
If you are in the process of obtaining a Permanent Resident status, or plan to become on and intend to visit Canada, please contact us regarding the Dual Intent.
Please be advised, that the admission of temporary residents into Canada is a privilege, not a right!