A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for Canada allows foreign nationals to enter Canada temporarily for various purposes, such as tourism, business, family visits, or study (less than six months). It is also referred to as a visitor visa. The visa is stamped in your passport and indicates the period that you are allowed to stay in Canada.
Here are some key points to know about the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for Canada:
- Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for a TRV, you need to prove to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you intend to leave Canada once your authorized stay is over, have enough funds to support yourself during your stay, do not pose a security risk, and meet other requirements.
- Application Process: You can apply for a TRV online or through a Visa Application Center (VAC) in your home country. The application process involves submitting various documents, such as a valid passport, travel itinerary, proof of funds, and possibly a letter of invitation from a Canadian host if you’re visiting family or friends.
- Processing Time: The processing time for a TRV application can vary depending on the applicant’s country of residence and other factors. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel date to allow for sufficient processing time.
- Validity: The TRV will have an expiration date indicating the last day you are allowed to enter Canada. Once you enter Canada, the immigration officer at the port of entry will determine the duration of your authorized stay, which is typically up to six months.
- Extensions: If you wish to stay longer than the authorized period, you may apply for an extension while you are in Canada. However, it’s important to apply for an extension before your authorized stay expires. Then if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) grant your stay, you will be issued a Visitor Record with a date which indicates the duration of your stay.
- Single or Multiple Entry: Some TRVs are issued as multiple-entry visas, allowing you to enter and exit Canada multiple times during the visa’s validity period. This can be especially useful for tourists or business travellers.
- Biometrics: In certain cases, you might need to provide biometric information (fingerprints and photographs) as part of the application process. This information is used to verify your identity and facilitate your entry into Canada.
Make sure to leave Canada before the expiry of your stay in Canada; otherwise, your next visit to Canada or other countries might be jeopardized. Contact to speak to Vancouver Immigration lawyer at YA Law Corporation.