What You Should Know About Canadian Visitor Visas

Visitor Visas concern anyone coming into Canada for a temporary period, either for a visit, to work or for study.  Unless they are citizens of visa exempt countries, this documentation is mandatory and not possessing it may prevent your entry. A trained immigration lawyer is an excellent resource when pursuing temporary visitation status. Niren and Associates has helped to process thousands of visas of all descriptions. Let us assess your case.

What to Know When Applying for a Visitor Visa

It should be noted that when applying for a Visitor Visa, that you must satisfy the criteria set by a visa officer.  This would include:

• Proof that your intentions in Canada are temporary and that you will leave once your visitor status has expired.
• The demonstration of  sufficient ties to your home country
• Proof  in your ability to financially support yourself during your stay.

The Different Types of Visitor Visas Available

Visitor visas come with different “features” and it is crucial to know which is best suited for your desired visit.

Single Entry Visas – These visas are intended for one entry to Canada only. If you leave Canada and wish to return, you will have to apply for another visa unless you are traveling to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon.

Multiple Entry Visas – These visas allow people to leave and return to Canada during the validity of their visas.

Visa Extensions
– If you are in Canada on a visitor visa and wish to apply for an extension of your visitor status, you can do so at a Canadian immigration office within Canada but you should do so before the expiration of your visitor status. Generally visas are issued for a six month period.

The many benefits of obtaining a Visitor Visa in this country outweighs the opportunity loss of not obtaining this important document. Understanding the means to go about qualifying for any Visa is best resolved by contacting an experienced immigration attorney.

Contact today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers in the Boston, MA. area.

I had an emergency case and I have had a lot of deadlines for both Canadian and US visa applications. The lawyer was prompt and responsive in addressing all my questions and processing documents. He was truly knowledgeable and well connected with all the resources. For the Canadian visa itself, it took only several days to approve, which is quite amazing.  – Emma R.

 

Visitor Visa Exemptions

• Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and Zimbabwe;
• Persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (USA Green Card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.
• British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
Citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
• Turkish citizens traveling on a diplomatic passport; and
• Persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.

However, if you’re not among those who are exempt, contacting one of our skilled Boston immigration lawyers  may be to your benefit.

Contact today for a consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers for Boston residents 

July 14, 2009: Visitors from Mexico Now Require Visas to Canada
Citizens of the following countries DO require a Visa to VISIT or TRANSIT Canada:
A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
B
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Hercegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina-Faso
Burundi
C
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China, People’s Republic
Colombia
Comoros
Congo (The), Democratic Republic of
Congo (The), People’s Republic of
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
D
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
E
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
EritreaEstonia
Ethiopia
F
Fiji
G
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
H
Haiti
Honduras
I
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel (only Israeli citizens holding valid Israeli orange “Travel Document in Lieu of National Passport”)
Ivory Coast
J
Jamaica
Jordan
K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, North
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
M
Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)
Malagasy Republic
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
N
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
O
Oman
P
Pacific Islands, U.S. Trust Territory
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Q
Qatar
R
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
S
Sao Tome e Principe
Senegal
Seychelles, The
Sierra Leone
Slovak Republic
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Surinam
Syria
T
Tadjikistan
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
U
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
V
Venezuela
Vietnam
Y
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Z
Zambia