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Lively cities, welcoming environs and magnificent nature’s bounty, together make Canada one of the most preferred travel destinations of the world, and here at WWICS as well. The maple leaf nation is also known for its business friendly atmosphere and serves as a lucrative place for entrepreneurs and investors all over the globe. Travellerswho visitCanada to explore business opportunities or visit the nation as a tourist will need a valid entry pass such as travel visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Basic Requirements:-

In order to obtain a travel visa to Canada, individuals must meet some basic requirements. These include:-

  • having genuine travel documents, such as a passport.
  • must be medically fit
  • must not have any immigration or criminal related conviction,
  • should be able to convince the immigration officials about their ties back home which shall persuade you to return to their native nation.
  • should be able to assure the immigration official that they shall leave the Canadian nation at the end of their visit, and
  • they have enough funds to support their stay in Canada and shall not seek any financial aid from the Canadian public funds.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

In effect from March 15, 2016, individuals with passports from eTA-required countries who come to the Canadian nation by air will need a valid eTA document.

An eTA is an authorization which is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and stands valid for a period of five years or until the passport expires, whichever happens first.

Applying for an eTA is simple and affordable online procedure wherein the applicants receive their authorization within few minutes after submitting their application online.

Individual who need an eTA must obtain one at least 48 hours prior to their intended date of travel to Canada to avoid any complications. Also, individuals must travel with a valid passport used for obtaining an eTA.

Visitor visa

Individuals belonging to the visa-required countries and territoriesmust apply for a visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa) to travel to Canada. A visitor visa is an official document attached to a passport that allows individuals to travel to Canada.

There are two kinds of Canadian visitor visas that can be availed by individuals to travel to Canada - single entry visa and multiple entry visa .

A Canadian multiple entry visa allows visitors to come and leave Canada without having to re-apply. However, each entry must not exceed six months. On the other hand, a Canadian single entry visa, as the name says, is valid only for one visit to Canada. Once you leave the geographical boundaries of Canada, except if travelling to United States, Miquelon and St. Pierre, individuals will have to apply again to travel to Canada. Both travel visa types are valid for a fixed period of time and cannot be used after they have expired.

Travel documents

When travelling to the Canadian nation, individuals must carry proper identification and travel documents as there may circumstances wherein they may be asked to furnish travel documents for verification by the Immigration officials at the Canadian airport.

The following are considered non-reliable travel documents. Individuals are not allowed to enter Canada if they are carrying:-

  • a passport issued by Somalia,
  • a passport that cannot be read by verification machines, issued by the Czech Republic,
  • a temporary passport issued by the Republic of South Africa,
  • a provisional passport issued by the Venezuelan nation.

Getting a Head Start

WWICS, a leading immigration consultant firm, can help obtain a travel visa to Canada efficiently. Housing a team of qualified professionals with years of experience in immigration, visa and resettlement process, WWICS guides its clients through the entire visa process, keeps them updated about the processing times and even takes care of the legal formalities that follow for its clients. If you are planning to travel to Canada, get in touch with us and obtain a travel visa in the shortest possible time.

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Q1. What is a travel visa?

A travel visa is an authorization issued by a host country to an applicant giving permission to enter its geographical boundaries for tourism, business or any other purpose allowed by the host nation.

Q2. In what circumstances can Citizenship and Immigration Canada reject a travel or visitor visa application?

There are many reasons why Citizenship and Immigration Canada may reject a travel or visitor visa to Canada. These include situation wherein the applicant:

  • may prove to be a security risk to the nation,
  • has violated human or international rights,
  • has been convicted of a crime, or he/she has a criminal record,
  • has ties to organized crimes,
  • is not medically fit,
  • is not financially sound,
  • presented false information in the application or during the interview at the Canadian office,
  • does not fulfill the conditions as mentioned in Canada’s immigration law,
  • one of his/her family members is prohibited from entering the Canadian boundaries.

Q3. I have been categorized as “Criminally inadmissible”. What should I do?

Depending on the crime you committed, the time passed since it was committed and your behaviour since then, are assessed before you may be allowed to travel to Canada. You must be able to persuade the immigration officials that:-

  • you satisfy all the legal terms to be deemed rehabilitated,
  • you have applied for rehabilitation and were given an approval,
  • you were given a record suspension, or
  • you have a temporary resident permit to the Canadian nation.

Q4. Why do processing times differ from one regional office to the other?

Different visa offices face different challenges. There are several factors that affect the processing times. These including:-

  • the resources available at the immigration office,
  • the number of visa applications received,
  • the time an applicant takes to respond to the request for furnishing information,
  • the time taken for medical and security screening, and
  • the mail service efficiency.

Q5. Why do application processing times change for some travel visas?

The application processing times depend on the number of applications received in a month. Applications are processed in a systematic manner and some may take longer to process than others depending upon the application and furnished information and documents.

Q6. What is the difference between a multiple entry and a single entry visa?

While a Canadian multiple entry visa allows an individual to travel to Canada for a period of 10 years or until their visa expires(Visa Validity), whichever situation prevails first. A single entry visa allows individuals to enter Canadian nation only once. Both travel visa types are valid for a fixed period of time and cannot be used after they have expired.

Q7. Do I need a visa if I am travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting?

Yes, you would need a transit visa to travel through Canada without stopping or visiting the nation.

Q8. What should I do if my application is refused?

There is no formal appeal process in case your application for visa has been rejected. However, you can apply again. Make sure of furnishing all the necessary information and documents so that your application is not rejected again.

Q9. What are the requirements for a business visitor visa?

Those travelling to the Canadian nation on business purpose must furnish proof of ongoing activities between a Canadian company and the applicant’s business. These may include:-.

  • business correspondence,
  • contracts signed, or
  • shipment order copies/bills/invoices generated.

Q10. Why avail the services of WWICS?

Obtaining a travel or visitor visa to Canada can be a tedious task. Using the services of an expert consultant like WWICS can save you time, money and efforts. Backed by a team of qualified professionals who have years of experience in visa, immigration and settlement process, WWICS guides you through the entire visa process, keeps you updated about the processing times and even takes care of all the legal formalities that follow.

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