FAQ



1.How long can I stay in Canada as a visitor?

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada

    At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months.

    If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport.

They might also give you a document.

    If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

    If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.

    If you want to stay longer than your authorized stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.

Most travellers need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a canadian airport.

What you need depends on

    The type of travel document you will travel

    The country that issued your travel document

    Your nationality.

    How you will travel to Canada.

If you do not have the proper documents, such as an eTA or visa, you may be delayed or prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.

Before you apply, find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Yes, most travellers need a visitor visa or an eTA to travel to, or transit through, Canada.

What you need depends on

    The type of travel document you will travel

    The country that issued your travel document

    Your nationality.

    How you will travel to Canada.

To apply you must have a valid passport, a valid credit or debit card and an email address.

It costs $7 CAD to get an eTA and only takes a few minutes to apply.

Approved eTAs are valid for up to five years.

Most travellers need a visitor visa or an eTA to travel to, or transit through, Canada.

What you need depends on

    The type of travel document you will travel

    The country that issued your travel document

    Your nationality.

    How you will travel to Canada.

You must present the following documents

    A copy of the child’s birth certificate

    A letter of authorization signed by the parent who is not travelling, containing their address and telephone number, in English or French if possible, and

    A photocopy of the non-accompanying parent’s signed passport or national identity card

If the parents are separated or divorced and one of them has sole custody of the child, the letter of authorization may be signed by that parent only and they should bring a copy of the custody papers.

If one of the child’s parents is deceased, the travelling parent should bring a copy of the death certificate.

For more information, see Minor children travelling to Canada.

No. If you plan to travel to Canada, you need a valid visitor visa OR a valid eTA.

The one you need depends on

    the type of travel document you will travel with;

    the country that issued your travel document;

    your nationality; and

    How you will travel to Canada.

Before you apply, answer a few questions to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

If you already have a valid Canadian visitor visa you don’t need to apply for an eTA – even if you’re eligible for an eTA. you can travel with your visa until it expires.

If you apply for an initial work or study permit before you travel to Canada, you’ll get a visa or an eTA automatically once your work or study permit application is approved. you don’t need to apply for a visa or an eTA, or pay extra fees.

    If we issue you a visa, we’ll stick in your passport.

    If we issue you an eTA, your eTA number will be included in the letter of introduction we will send you when your study or work permit is approved.keep this number in case you need to contact us about your eTA.

The main difference between these two visa types is that a single entry visa allows entry to Canada for one-time onlyand a multiple entry visa allows entry many times.

Which type of visa to get

    You don’t need to choose. A multiple entry visa is what all visa applicants are automatically considered for. We will review your application and issue you a visa depending on your situation.

Multiple entry visa

    While valid, a multiple entry visa will let you travel to Canada for six months at a time as many times as you want.

    It will be valid for up to 10 years or one month before your passport expires, whichever is shorter.

    You must arrive in Canada on or before the expiry date on your visa.eligible for an eTA.you can travel with your visa until it expires.

Single entry visa

A single entry visa lets you travel to Canada only one time. For instance, you may only be eligible for a single entry visa if:

    you are eligible for a fee-exemption and the purpose of your entry to Canada is limited (such as, for an official visit by a foreign national).

    you are taking part in a one-time special event in Canada.

    there are approved country-specific procedures or guidelines in place.

In most cases, once you have left Canada, you will need a new visa to enter Canada again.

You won’t need a new visitor visa to return to Canada if you are travelling directly to the United States (including its Territories and Possessions) or St. Pierre and Miquelon.

Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee.

With the parent and grandparent super visa, eligible parents and grandparents can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status.

The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years.

The key difference is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years at a time in Canada, while a 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only.

There are also specific requirements that you must meet to be able to get a super visa.

See the IRCC website for who can apply for a grandparent super visa or Who is eligible for a parent and grandparent super visa?

If the investment comes from a designated Canadian venture capital fund, you must secure a minimum investment of $200,000.

If the investment comes from a designated Canadian angel investor group, you must secure a minimum investment of $75,000.

You don’t need to secure a financial investment from a business incubator. You must be accepted into a Canadian business incubator program.

How can I qualify for the Start-up Visa Program?

    To qualify for the Start-up Visa Program, you must meet all 4 eligibility requirements, as well as the admissibility requirements to enter Canada.

You must

    you are eligible for a fee-exemption and the purpose of your entry to Canada is limited (such as, for an official visit by a foreign national)

    you are taking part in a one-time special event in Canada

    there are approved country-specific procedures or guidelines in place.

Admissibility requirements to enter Canada

    To be eligible to come to Canada, you must meet the admissibility requirements to enter Canada. These apply to all applicants, not just Start-up Visa Program applicants.

    We may refuse your application if you are inadmissible to Canada.

    The amount of money you need depends on how many family members will be coming with you.

    In some cases, the designatedorganization may give you additional money to help cover your living expenses.

    You can’t use the investment money for your start-up business to cover your living expenses.