The first, and most crucial, step of any international trip is to make sure you have the right travel documents. The same holds true for Canada. So if you’re planning a trip to the country, you will want to check if you need a visa.
US citizens, British citizens, visitors from Japan, Australia and Switzerland, among certain others do not require a visa to visit or transit through Canada, although they do need to have a valid travel documents like a passport (Click here for the full list of countries). For the rest of the world, a valid visa is a must (Click here for the list of countries who need visas).
There are typically two types of visitor visas – the Transit visa and the Temporary Resident visa.
If you are travelling through Canada without halting or staying, like a flight stopover, you need a transit visa. Again there are certain exemptions here, such as if visitors are from Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan or the Philippines (Transit Without Visa Program) or from China (China Transit Program).
To be eligible for either programme, you will need to hold a valid US visa; travel on an approved airline; and transit through a participating Canadian international airport.
Temporary Resident visa
If you wish to visit Canada as a tourist, to visit family or on business, you will definitely need this one. The visa is valid for upto 6 months and if you plan on staying for longer, you can simply apply for a visa extension at least 30 days before the Temporary Resident visa expires.
NOTE: A visitor’s visa does not make you eligible to work in Canada. If you plan to work while you’re in the country, you will need a valid work permit.
So before you start packing for your trip, make sure you have the right travel documents. Migrate Me can guide you through the various visa types and documentation you need to obtain a Canada visa.