Temporary residents: Document requirements

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Form IMM 5484 provides a checklist for the documents required when submitting an applications for a temporary resident visa.

Note: Applicants who are required to provide biometric information will have a digital photograph taken at biometric collection and so are not required to submit any other photographs.

For minors

Minors travelling alone must carry information concerning the person who will be responsible. If the child is the subject of a custody order or is travelling with one parent, proof of custody or the other parent’s consent for the trip must also be provided. It is recommended that minors travelling without their parents have a letter of permission to travel from the non-accompanying parent(s). This will allow the Border Service Officers to facilitate entry of these travellers. In the federal context and according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is a person under the age of 18.

Note: When children are travelling with only one parent or with a relative or friend, the officer’s first duty is to ensure that the child is not being abducted from their lawful guardian.

Other documents as required, e.g., a letter of invitation or other explanation for the trip, evidence of links to home countries, proof of present immigration status in the country of application.

For a Parent and Grandparent Extended Stay Temporary Resident Visa

The letter of invitation required for a Parent and Grandparent Extended Stay Temporary Resident Visa must also indicate if the child or grandchild's income meets or exceeds the LICO minimum for the total number of persons, including the visiting parent(s) or grandparent(s).

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