It is no secret that Canada is not only an immigrant destination. It is a tourist destination as well. Thousands of people from all over the world enter Canada to experience the country’s vibrant cities, majestic landscape, and diverse population.
So many people are drawn to the charms up North. In fact, 2019 was a record-breaking year for tourism in Canada. In that year alone, more than 20 million tourists travelled to Canada for recreational purposes. This led to the injection of 104.9 million dollars into Canada’s national economy, with nearly half that amount making its way to Canada’s GDP.
With the benefits tourism provides, the Canadian government has encouraged travellers to choose Canada. As a selling point, Canada through the IRCC boasts the fair and efficient processing of temporary resident visas. Commonly known as a tourist or visitor visa, a temporary resident visa allows travel and stays in Canada for a certain period of time.
Because travellers need a temporary resident visa to come to Canada as tourists, it is a very popular visa for which many apply.
If you want to apply for one for yourself and your family members, you need to know the requirements and the steps in the application process. This article will provide you with information on these.
What Is A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)?
A temporary resident visa (TRV) is known abroad by other names. Outside Canada, this is referred to by people as a visitor visa. Others call it a tourist visa. These terms are fitting since a temporary visa is for a person who wishes to come to Canada to visit or stay for a limited period of time.
On a temporary resident visa (TRV), you may legally stay in Canada for up to six months. After that time, you are expected to leave Canada. If you wish to stay in Canada longer, you need to apply for an extension of your temporary resident visa.
A temporary resident visa (TRV) is not just for tourists and travellers. It is also a visa for which temporary residents like students could apply. In situations where a study permit is about to expire, a student has the option of extending his or her stay by applying for a temporary resident visa while in Canada.
It is not possible to work or study with a temporary resident visa. To work in Canada, you must apply for a work permit.
Under certain conditions, it is possible to study on a temporary resident visa. Students who are enrolled in programs that take less than six months to complete do not need study permits. They can legally remain in Canada for their studies with a temporary resident visa.
At the time of writing, the IRCC has announced temporary changes to certain visa restrictions. Due to the effects of COVID-19 on international travel, travellers with TRVs in Canada may apply for a work permit if they have to stay in Canada longer.
A temporary foreign worker may also apply for a TRV. At times, a temporary foreign worker’s work permit is about to expire. The date of expiration may be before he or she gets approved for a permanent resident visa. To remain in Canada while waiting, the temporary worker could apply for a TRV. This would allow legal status in the country even if the work permit expires.
While most travellers need temporary resident visas or visitor visas to enter Canada, some do not. A Traveller from the United States or another visa-exempt country may just need a passport or an electronic travel authorization (eTA).
You can find a list of visa-exempt countries on the IRCC main site. If your country is on the list, you may not need a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. You might just need your passport or eTA.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
To apply for your temporary resident visa or TRV, you must meet certain requirements. Meeting these requirements makes you eligible to apply for your TRV.
First, you should at least have a valid passport. This is where the TRV will be attached. As well, you need to be admissible into the country. Documents that prove admissibility include:
- Medical examination report from an IRCC-authorized panel physician (not always a requirement)
- Police clearance certificate from your country
You also need to submit your application with proof that you will leave Canada after your stay.
The IRCC will issue your TRV on the understanding that you will return to your country. To prove your intention to return, you must include documents that prove your job, finances, and other assets back in your country.
These can convince the immigration officers looking at your application that you plan on leaving Canada.
You also need to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada as you may not be eligible for government aid or assistance.
You need to follow several steps when applying for a temporary resident visa. As with any other Canadian visa application, you need to start by checking the requirements specific to your country.
Once you have established what you need to do and submit, you may begin by creating your IRCC online account.
Step 1: Create Your IRCC Online Account
Applying online allows you to receive timely notifications from the IRCC about the status of your application. You can do this by creating an account:
As you create your account, you also need to provide a valid email address.
Step 2: Have Your Documents Ready
You can download a checklist of the required documents from the Canadian government’s main site.
You will need to upload copies of your documents later on.
Step 3: Complete The Online Form
The online form is downloadable if you are applying on paper.
The online form will require you to do two things:
- Answer a series of questions
- Select the type of visa you are applying for
During this step, be honest and accurate about the information that you include. The information you have placed will be verified using the documents that you have prepared.
Step 4: Pay The Necessary Fees
An online application is preferable since payment must be done online anyway. For this reason, you will need a valid debit or credit card.
You need to pay the following fees online through your IRCC account:
- Visitor visa processing fee: 100.00 CAD
- Biometrics fee: 85.00 CAD
Be sure to get your receipts for both since they are also important for your application.
Step 5: Biometrics
After you have paid the biometrics fee, you will receive a receipt. You will also receive a biometrics instruction letter via email or through your IRCC account. You need to bring the letter when you give your biometrics. To know when and where to go, you may refer to check the biometrics instruction letter.
The biometrics instruction letter is proof that you have paid the fee and that you have an appointment.
Step 6: Submit Your TRV Application
With your biometrics and documents, you may now apply. If you are applying online, you need to scan and upload copies of your documents. The scanned copies need to be very clear and coloured (if the document has colour).
You also need to submit a scanned or soft copy of the document checklist. You may be asked later on to send your original passport. To travel to Canada, you must have the TRV on your passport.
On average, processing times differ. Nonetheless, you will receive regular updates on the status of your TRV application.
To enter Canada as a tourist, you need a TRV or temporary resident visa. You can follow the steps mentioned in this article to apply for yours.
As long as you are eligible, you can apply for a TRV. Your chances of getting one will depend on several factors. Make sure your documents are complete and up to date. Also, give immigration officers accurate and honest information.
Do these, and you may be one step closer to your visit to Canada.