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I have a temporary resident visa. Can I leave Canada and come back?

Single-entry temporary resident visa

  • If you have a single-entry temporary resident visa, you will generally need a new single-entry visa to come back to Canada.
  • You can request to return to Canada on your original single-entry temporary resident visa, if:
    • you will only visit the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon; and
    • you will return to Canada before the end of your approved stay in Canada.

Multiple-entry temporary resident visa

  • Yes, you can come back to Canada, if you have a multiple-entry temporary resident visa and it has not expired.

Expired temporary resident visa

  • You can request to return to Canada on your original temporary resident visa, even if it is expired, if:
    • you will only visit the U.S. or St. Pierre and Miquelon; and
    • you will return to Canada before the end of your approved stay in Canada.

An officer will confirm whether you meet all the requirements before allowing you to come back to Canada. If you visit any country other than those listed above, you will need a new temporary resident visa.


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