Applying for a Visitor Visa application to Canada? Wondering for how long you can request your stay? Watch our video to learn what the immigration officer looks for when filing for a Visitor Visa application and why the length of your requested stay plays an important role in being able to obtain your visa to Canada.
Visitor Visa Durations
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is most often called a Tourist Visa or Visitor Visa, as it name implies it is only for temporary stay in Canada, therefore issued for a limited period of time. A TRV is most often applied by foreign nationals who wish to stay in Canada for a limited period of time that come to Canada for the most common reasons tourism, conducting business or visiting family or friends in Canada. A Temporary Resident Visa is relatively quick to process in comparison to other types of visa. Many applicants when they apply for a Visitor Visa they are unsure for how long they can request the visa for. The more supporting documents you provide to citizenship and immigration Canada the longer you can request for. The type of documents the immigration officer will be looking for anything that ties you back to your home country. What this means you need to show documents such as property, family, assets, job anything that connects you back to your home country and displays your intensions are temporary to Canada.
Let’s assume you are travelling to Canada to see its tourist attractions and have asked for a 6 months stay. When the immigration officer assesses your situation they may see that you do not require 6 months to just go sight-seeing and therefore 2 weeks should be sufficient enough. It is very important for how long you are requesting for and why you are requesting that time frame, if asking more than required it may look suspicious and the officer may simple refuse you the visa. There are many restrictions on a TRV including:
Length of Stay
- A TRV is always limited in duration. A typical period granted for a TRV’s validity is 6 months. However, depending on the circumstances, the period of validity may be shorter. For example, if someone is coming to Canada to attend a business conference for a couple of weeks, the immigration officer may grant the visa for only that period.
- If your Temporary Resident Visa doesn’t state the length of validity, it is most likely the standard 6 month period.
Working while in Canada
- A TRV does not allow a foreign national to work in Canada while visiting. If you wish to work in Canada, you should apply for a work permit instead of a Temporary Resident Visa
Studying while in Canada
- A TRV grants the visitor the opportunity to study, as long as certain conditions are met. The academic program cannot be longer than 6 months, otherwise a study permit will be necessary.
Visitor Visas are one of the most difficult applications to get approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Therefore, it is highly recommended to get the assistance of a law firm that has experience in submitting these types of applications such as Akrami & Associates. If your application has been refused or need help with submitting a strong application then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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