Canada requires residents of certain countries to get a temporary resident visa, or visitor visa, if they plan to enter Canada as a temporary visitor, student or worker. A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is an official document issued by the Canadian government Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), but is not permission to work or study during a visit to Canada. Some temporary residents can take programs of study up to six months in length, but conditions vary.
If you are a resident of countries required to get a TRV and are planning a visit to Canada, you must determine if you are a visitor and if your stay makes it necessary that you have a TRV. Consulting an expert in such matters is a smart first step. Note that you have to obtain a TRV before you leave your country of origin, as you will not be permitted to enter Canada without one, and a TRV is not issued at the port-of-entry. IRCC has a very useful checklist available online called the Document Checklist for a Temporary Resident Visa.
To qualify for a TRV, you must meet the following criteria:
- Provide proof you will leave Canada at the end of the approved stay
- Provide proof you have the financial means to maintain your family or self, and return home
- Prove you will not work or study without authorization
- Provide proof of no criminal record
- Prove you do not pose a security or safety risk to the Canadian public
- Have all of the required documentation
- Prove you are in good health and not a risk to the health of the Canadian public
It is best to start your TRV application as soon as you learn you will travel to Canada. There are no guarantees how quickly your TRV application can be processed. There are options to apply for a TRV online, which requires the use of a scanner or camera to convert your documents into electronic files and a credit card for payment of the application fees. Some applicants need to submit their application via a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in their country of residence, as opposed to using the online option. Citizens of some countries are required to give their “biometrics” (fingerprints and photos) as part of the application process. The biometrics are collected only at a VAC, however, the fees for collecting the biometrics can be paid online during the TRV application.
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