Visitor visa

Visitors are issued a visa (called a temporary resident visa) that is stamped in their passport. A temporary resident visa signifies that you meet the entry requirements.

Canada allows visitors to stay up to six months. The border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months at the port of entry.


  • A visitor visa is only available to those who meet certain requirements. You must:

Hold a valid passport

Be in good health

Be free of criminal or immigration convictions

Persuade an immigration officer you have ties to your home country, such as a job, home, financial assets or relative

Persuade an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorised visit

Have sufficient money for your stay

- It depends on how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or family.

Also, you might need a medical exam and a letter of invitation from someone living in Canada.