Temporary Residence in Canada: Visit, Study, Work Canada Visas
Permanent Residence in Canada
A permanent resident is someone who has obtained permanent residency status by immigrating to Canada, but who is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. A person in Canada on a temporary basis, such as a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.
Admission criteria for temporary visas
In order to apply for a temporary stay visa in Canada, you must be able to meet the following criteria:
Be at least 18 years of age to apply as the main visa applicant.
Possess a valid government-issued passport with at least one blank page that is not the last page of the passport.
Translate and certify any documents you have that are in a language other than English or French.
Give a clean criminal story and submit court documents to prove it.
Be prepared to pay the necessary visa application fees and visa processing fees.
Sign and date the relevant documents where appropriate.
Complete and sign a Visa Application Center (VAC) consent form.
Send copies of your current immigration status in another country or in Canada
Have enough money to cover your stay in Canada.
Be willing to participate and provide interviews or biometric information.
Go through a medical examination when the Canadian Consulate asks you to.
Prove that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your home country after your visit.
You must prove that you do not plan to work or study in Canada.
However, depending on the type of TRV visa you apply for, you may have to meet additional criteria.
Common FAQs About Temporary Residency in Canada
What is a temporary resident visa?
Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents have the right to enter Canada freely. Other visitors to Canada, including tourists, students, and workers, may need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.
Does everyone planning to visit Canada require a visa?
No. You do not need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada if you are from a visa-exempt country. Citizens from all other countries must apply for a TRP before entering Canada.