Visit as a tourist

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

Every year, millions of people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends. Depending on where you live, you will need to meet certain entry requirements.

Determine your eligibility

Make sure you meet the basic requirements to visit Canada.

Apply for a visitor visa

Before you plan your visit, you should find out if you need a visa to enter Canada. If you do not need a visa to enter Canada, you will still need to meet some specific requirements. If you do need a visa, find out how to apply.

If you are currently a temporary resident in Canada with a valid status (that is, a study or work permit), you can apply for a new visitor visa to return to Canada before you leave.

Check processing times

Most applications for visitor visas (temporary resident visas) are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times vary depending on the visa office.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply for a visitor visa.

Prepare for your arrival

Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Extend your visa

To extend your stay in Canada, you should apply 30 days before your status expires.

Find out if you are eligible

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