Every year, more than 35 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.
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 opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.
Visit your children or grandchildren
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa to visit Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status.
Visit on business
You can visit Canada on business to look for opportunities, to invest or to advance existing business relationships.
Extend your stay
To extend your stay in Canada, you should apply 30 days before your status expires.
Travel through Canada without visiting
If you are from a country or territory whose citizens require a visa to enter Canada and you are travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting, you will need a transit visa. However, you may not need a transit visa if you are travelling to or from the United States. There is no fee for a transit visa. See Transit Without Visa Program for details.
Carry proper identification
Some people do not require a visa to enter Canada, but need specific documentation to return to their home country. Make sure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.
- Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
- What kind of visa should I get?
- How do I help a family member or friend apply to visit Canada?
- Do I need a visa if I am travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting?
- How do I get help if my visa application is refused?
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