Canada Visitor Visa

Do you want to visit Canada? If so, there are a few steps that you need to take to get your Canada visitor visa also known as “Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)”. A TRV is an official document issued by the Canadian visa office that is pasted in your passport. TRV demonstrates that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.

This article provides information on applying for a Temporary Resident Visa (Canada Visitor Visa / Canada Tourist Visa) if you are planning to visit Canada.

What are the steps to apply for Canada Visitor Visa in 2024

Time needed: 100 days

There are five main steps of applying for a Canada Visitor Visa in 2022

  1. Check your eligibility to travel to Canada and the documents that you require for COVID-19

  2. You must prove both – you meet the COVID‑19 travel exemption and that you qualify for a visitor visa. So get your documents ready

  3. Complete your Canada Visitor Visa application online and pay your fees

  4. Complete the biometrics process and provide your fingerprints

  5. Send passport if approved and prepare for travel to Canada!

What are the documents required for Canada Visitor Visa in 2024?

Proof of vaccination

When you are coming to Canada, you need to give your vaccination information. You are required to do it before your arrival by using the ArriveCAN app.

Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 15 calendar days by the day you travel:

  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have no symptoms of Covid-19
  • follow all remaining pre-entry testing and entry requirements

When to submit

When you arrive in Canada, show the border services officer your proof of vaccination.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

If you want to come to Canada and visit, you will need a COVID-19 test and show that it is negative OR show proof of a previous positive test result taken between 11 and 180 days ago.

When to submit (Air Travel)

When you are boarding your plane, show airline staff if you have a negative test result. If you don’t, they won’t let you board the plane.

When to submit (Land travel)

When you go to the border, show the border service officer your test results. If you don’t have a negative test result, then they won’t let you enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border. Submit travel and contact information, quarantine plan, COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and COVID-19 proof of vaccination

You have to use this app called ArriveCAN before you go to the airport or cross the border. You have to give them information about your travel plans, your contact information, a plan for quarantine, and proof that you were vaccinated against COVID-19 along with a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

When to submit

When you arrive in Canada, show this to a border services officer.

Travel history

If you have been to Canada or other countries, this shows that you have been able to get a visa in the past. Proof includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

When to submit

Submit with visa application

Detailed Itinerary

You need to show documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada. For example, you can show copies of flight details, hotel reservations, or registration details of an event.

When to submit

Submit with visa application

Account statement

To demonstrate you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Required items:

  • Bank name and contact (IRCC may contact your bank or financial institution with questions)
  • Proof it is your account.
    • Your name and address on the statement should be clearly printed and show that the account is yours.
  • Account details
    • Submit at least six months of account statement with balances to help IRCC understand your financial situation.

When to submit

Submit with visa application

Identity document

  • Passport (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • Alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • Other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents not accepted:

  • Any passport issued by Somalia
  • Non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • Temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • Provisional passports issued by Venezuela
  • A clear color copy of your valid passport or travel document that you’ll use to travel to Canada.


You must provide a copy of your passport if you have one. It must show your birth date and country of origin, as well as any stamps or visas.

Travel Document

If you have a travel document, then it must be issued by the government and include your name, date of birth, document number, Citizenship or residency status (like “citizen”), photo, and expiry date (if applicable)

When to submit

Submit with visa application

Reference: Visitor visa: Supporting documents for visitor visa ….


How do I apply for Canada Visitor Visa in 2022?

You must apply for Temporary Resident Visa (Canada Visitor Visa / Canada Tourist Visa) online from the official portal. You need to create an account, upload your documents and pay fees online at the portal.

What is the cost of a Canada Visitor Visa in 2022?

A Canada visitor visa cost is CA$100, and the maximum family fee is $500. A Visitor Record will cost you CA$75. In addition, you have to pay CA$85 for Biometrics.

How long does it take for my Canada Visitor Visa application to be processed in 2022?

Processing times vary by country. For example, the current processing time for Canada Visitor Visa in 2022 from India is 106 days.

Am I eligible for Canadian Citizenship if I have obtained a Temporary Resident Visa?

No, the temporary resident visa is a visitor visa valid for six months max. It may be a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa; however, you must leave the country at 6 months. If you want to become a Canadian Citizen, you can explore the Canada Immigration pathway through Express Entry.

When will my Canada Visitor Visa expire, and how can I extend it?

Canada Visitor Visa is valid for six months. If your visitor visa has expired, you cannot extend it. However, you may apply for “Restoration of Status” by paying CA$200. Requirements: You need to be currently in Canada and must hold a current passport that will stay valid for the duration of your stay. You will also have to pay associated fees for Form IMM 5708. Also, you can apply for restoration only within the first 90 days of visa expiration. You can apply for restoration status online via the portal.

Is Visit Visa open for Canada?

Yes, Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are now allowed enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Is Canada Visit Visa easy to apply?

Yes, the process to apply for Canada Visitor Visa is simple and well documented on official sites.

Have questions about applying for a visitor visa? Feel free to ask your question at Canada Immigration Visa Forum

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