Some foreign nationals who wish to visit or travel through Canada must first obtain a Visitor’s Visa, a type of temporary resident visa. Whether or not individuals will require a temporary resident visa is determined based on their citizenship. Our Ottawa immigration lawyers at Gerami Law PC are experienced and familiar with the procedures related to obtaining visitor’s visas and will assist and guide you throughout the application process.
For a list of all the countries and territories whose citizens need a visa please see:
**As of September 12, 2012 Visitor visas are now required for citizens from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.
Foreign nationals requiring visas must also meet the following requirements:
- Possess a valid travel document, such as a passport;
- Be in good health; a medical examination may be requested;
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties to your country of origin, such as a job, home and family, which will compel you to return;
- Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit.
- Have sufficient funds for your stay;
- You may also need a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.
Extending your Visitor’s Visa
If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you must check your temporary resident visa to make sure you apply before its expiry date. You should apply 30 days before your status expires. If you apply to extend your permit, and your visitor visa expires while you are waiting for a decision, you still have temporary resident (visitor) status, which is known as “implied status”.
For more information on the Visitor's Visa please contact one of Gerami Law PC’s immigration and refugee lawyers.