Every year, more than 35 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.
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Starting between September and December 2013, citizens from 29 countries and 1 territory will need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when they apply for a visa.
If you want to visit Canada, you must first find out if you need a visitor (temporary resident) visa.
Visit as a tourist
You can visit Canada as a tourist to enjoy the many things our country has to offer.
Visit your children or grandchildren
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply for the parent and grandparent super visa. If you get one, you can visit Canada for up to two years without renewing your status.
Visit on business
You can visit Canada on business to look for ways to invest, promote or meet with partners.
Extend your stay
To extend your stay in Canada, you should apply at least 30 days before your status expires.
Travel through Canada without visiting
Depending on your citizenship, you may need to a transit visa, if:
- you plan to travel through Canada without stopping or visiting, and
- You will be in Canada for 48 hours or less.
Carry proper identification
Some people do not need a visa to enter Canada but need certain documents to return to their home country. Make sure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children who travel with you. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website to find out more.
How-to videoA Step-by-step look at biometrics
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