The visa process for visitors who want to go to Canada can be a complicated and messy situation. You shouldn’t be surprised if your application is rejected, as this is quite common. Thankfully, there are guidelines and steps you can follow to make the application process go smoothly the first time around.
Getting a visitor visa
Some countries are exempt from requiring a Canadian visa. In place of one, visa-exempt foreign nationals can present an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). As an exception to both requirements, US citizens can cross over to Canada without an ETA or Canadian visa. You can look over The Government of Canada’s immigration guidelines to see if you need to be aware of any applications before visiting.
Temporary travelers usually require a visitor visa if they want to reach Canada. However, depending on your reason for the visit, your application process may vary.
If you’re planning a visit to Canada, you will fall under one of these three categories:
1. Visiting for leisure
If you’re applying as a tourist, your primary purpose of the visit is mainly for leisure. Because of this, you must include the following in your application:
- Travel documents, passports, government IDs, etc.
- Confirmation that you’re in good health (you may need to present medical certificates if necessary)
- Proof that you don’t have criminal or immigration-related convictions
- Evidence that you have enough money throughout your visit to Canada
- Proof of ties, such as jobs, primary home properties, and financial assets, that ensures you need you to go back to your home country
2. Visiting for a business trip
If you’re going to Canada for a business trip, you should also include several documents together with the requirements above. You should provide them with a letter of invitation from your Canada-based business partner, your sponsor’s contact details, and ID cards or proof of employment. Additionally, you should provide the following:
- Your duration of stay, if you’re visiting within or beyond six months
- Proof that you have no intention of entering the Canadian labour market
- Evidence that your principal place of business isn’t in Canada
As long as you coordinate with your employer and your business partner, you won’t have to worry about getting accepted. Nevertheless, you should be vigilant in making sure that your professional documents match your IDs and letters.
3. Visiting for family
If your purpose in visiting Canada is for meeting your children or grandchildren, you can apply for a super visa. Listed below are the requirements that you’ll need to apply for one.
- Detailed purpose of your visit
- Ties that link you to your home country (such as proof of family and finances in your home country)
- Proof of political stability in your home country
Besides these official documents, you will also need to:
- Present an invitation from your Canadian host.
- Present a written statement from your child or grandchild that they’re responsible for providing you with financial support
- Give proof that your child or grandchild meets the minimum income threshold
- Receive Canadian medical insurance coverage of at least one year, together with certification from an immigration medical exam
Thankfully, you can always apply for a visa at any time if you get rejected. Unless specified, there is no specific waiting time on your re-application. However, it’s best if you re-submit if there are changes to your situation. Only reapply when you’re in a better financial state or have additional information you want to include in your original forms. Lastly, make sure that you’re familiar with the particular rules and formats of Canada’s Immigration departments.
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