Temporary Residence

In Canada, temporary residency applies to those who are not Canadian citizens but are legally in Canada for a temporary purpose, including international students, foreign workers, and tourists.

Visitor Visa

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.

Application process

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.

Work Permit

The Canadian work permit visa allows business people, permanent workers, temporary workers, students, and others to work in Canada.

Types of work permits

Eligibility requirements 

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.

Study Permit

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.

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