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Canadian Tourist Visa

Canada is a well known country for its beauty & diversity and is one of the most sought after destination for tourists worldwide. Stunning locales, vibrant cities, and a welcoming crowd will make your travel experience worthwhile in this country. If you are planning a visit to Canada anytime in near future then WWICS (a world leader in providing solutions for travelling and settlement across globe) can assist you in acquiring the Tourist Visa, which is mandatory for visiting Canada or any other international locations.

A Tourist Visa will allow you to travel in Canada for a short period of time and discover the beauty and heritage of that country. However, please make sure that you visit Canada only for tourism purpose and don’t indulge in business or any other activities.

Basic Requirements to Visit Canada:

  • You need to have a valid passport.
  • Should not have any criminal or immigration fraud related record.
  • Provide a valid reason for your return to your home country (like employment record, family record, etc.)
  • Be in good health (need a thorough medical checkup).
  • The immigration officer should be convinced that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit.
  • Have enough money to support your travel expense

In certain cases, you may be required to clear a medical exam or obtain a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Apply for a Tourist Visa:

There are two ways to apply for a Tourist Visa: -

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

An eTA is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for a period of five years or until your passport expires. Applying through an eTA is a simple and inexpensive online process. All you need is a valid passport, an email address, and a credit card to complete online formalities. The eTA authorizations are issued within 24 hours of the form submission.

Visitor Visa

Also known as a Temporary Resident Visa, which can be applied online or through paper application.  

1. Online - To apply online, you must have electronic copies of your documents (education certificates, valid employment & medical records) required for uploading along with passport and a valid credit card for payment.

2. Paper - To apply on paper for a Tourist Visa, you must first get an application package. Fill out all the details in the form and attach the required documents. Next step will be to pay the application fees and finally submit your application file for further processing.

Tourist Visa Application:

Most applications for Tourist Visa are processed within a few weeks or less. However, the processing time depends on the immigration office.

Once you have submitted the application, it is thoroughly reviewed by the immigration officer to ensure it is complete and has all the required documents. In case, if the application is incomplete, it is sent back for completion.

After the application process is completed, the immigration officer may ask for the following documents:-

Medical Examination – You may be asked to get a thorough medical checkup done before being eligible for entry into Canada. Instructions will be sent to you by the officer. Note - If you need a medical exam, it may take long for your application to process. In addition, you need to have a proper Health Insurance for any emergencies, as if you fall sick or get injured during your travel sojourns, the Canadian government won’t bear any of your medical expenses.

Police Certificate - It is possible that you may be asked to provide a police certificate to authenticate that you do not have any criminal records or trial cases pending against you.

Interview - If a visa officer decides that an interview is necessary before your travel, you will be intimated about the time and date of the same.

FAQs

  • Q1.What are the entry documents required by a visitor to be able to travel to Canada?

    In addition to the basic requirements, a visitor must have either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Visitor Visa.

  • Q2.What is an eTA?

    An eTA is an electronically generated authorization that is linked with your passport and is valid for five years or till your passport gets expired. Applying for an eTA is a simple and inexpensive online process which generates an authorization within minutes of submitting the form.

  • Q3.What is a visitor visa?

    A visitor visa is a Temporary Resident Visa required to enter Canada as a tourist. It is an official document that is attached inside the passport, giving permission to travel to Canada as a tourist. A visitor visa is of two types - Single Entry and Multiple Entry; both are valid for a fixed period and cannot be used beyond it.

  • Q4.How long can I stay in Canada as a tourist?

    A Border Service Officer at the port of entry in Canada will define the period of your stay in Canada. Most tourists are allowed a six months stay in the country. However, in case the officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in your passport the date by which you need to leave the country.

  • Q5.I have received my Tourist Visa. Can I travel to Canada now?

    Yes. However, a valid Tourist Visa and travel documents do not always guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Canada. A Border Service Officer may find reasons that you are no longer admissible in the country because:-

    • There is some new information about you, such as false or incomplete information on your Tourist visa application, or
    • Your  case has been changed
  • Q6.How do I get help if my visa application is rejected?

    There is no formal appeal process if your application for Tourist Visa is refused. However, you can re-apply for the same and complete all the formalities, which you might have missed in your previous application. For better assistance, get in touch with an expert from WWICS today.

  • Q7.How is the processing time calculated?

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) calculates the processing time of a Tourist Visa from the day it received an application to the day it makes a decision on the application.

    When making a rough estimation of the time you will wait to receive a Tourist Visa, you must also take into account up to 10 days of deliver time along with the CIC’s processing time.

  • Q8.How early should I apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa?

    Applications for a Canadian Tourist Visa should be made at least one month prior to your intended date of departure.

  • Q9.Is it necessary to have a visa to visit Canada as a tourist?

    Yes. Anyone who wishes to travel the Canadian provinces must have a valid Tourist Visa.

  • Q10.If I get sick or have an accident while my visit to Canada, will the Government of Canada pay for my medical treatment?

    The Government of Canada does not pay for any hospital or medical services for visitors. You must get a health insurance to cover any medical costs before you come to Canada.

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