Visit as a tourist

What you need to visit Canada, how to apply for a visitor visa and what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Determine your eligibility

Entry requirements, what travel documents you will need, medical exams, letters of invitation, and what can make you inadmissible to Canada

Find out if you need a visa

List of countries whose citizens need a visa and what documents you will need to come to Canada

Apply to visit Canada as a tourist

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times

Apply for a new visa (temporary residents in Canada)

Eligibility, how to apply, and forms and fees for students and workers who are already in Canada

Check processing times

How long it takes to process visitor visas, work permits, extensions, online and paper applications  

Find out what to do after you apply

Medical exams, police certificates, interviews, returning your documents and changing your address

Minors travelling to Canada

Eligibility, documents needed to enter Canada, study permits and what can make a minor inadmissible to Canada

Prepare for your arrival

Documents to present to the border officer and what to do if you plan to work or study in Canada

Extend your stay in Canada

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees, implied status and how to become a permanent resident of Canada


Do you want to come to Canada?

Answer a few questions to find out if you are eligible to study in Canada or extend your study permit in Canada, and how to submit an online or paper application.

2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games

Are you visiting Canada for the 2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games? See if you qualify for the accredited visa process.

How-to video (Biometrics)

A Step-by-step look at biometrics

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