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

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

New rules for prospective international students are now in effect (as of June 1, 2014).

Read about these changes and how they may impact you.

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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