A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada.
Duration of the visa
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.
Applicants can apply online, as paper applications are not being accepted at this time.
Types of visitor visas
There are two types: single entry and multiple entry visas. A single entry visa allows foreign nationals to enter Canada one time only. A multiple entry visa allows holders to enter and leave Canada as often as they want as long as the visa is valid.
The Canadian work permit visa allows business people, permanent workers, temporary workers, students, and others to work in Canada.
Types of work permits
An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as:
- the name of the specific employer you can work for
- how long you can work
- the location where you can work (if applicable)
An open work permit lets you work for any employer in Canada, except for one that:
- is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions
- regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages
Post-graduation work permit
You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if you graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) and want to stay in Canada temporarily to work.
The study permit is a document that allows foreign nationals to study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada.
How long can you stay in Canada with a study permit?
A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
You can study in Canada if you
Depending on your case, there may be conditions on your study permit such as:
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