Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV)

New applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online

At this time, if you’re applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit, apply online.

Due to service disruptions related to COVID-19, we are experiencing difficulties receiving and processing applications submitted by mail or in person at a VAC.

Novel coronavirus: special measures

Read about IRCC’s special measures to help clients affected by the novel coronavirus.

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Find out who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

Make sure you need a visa before you apply

Entry requirements may have changed since your last visit to Canada. Find out which entry document you need.

Use this form to apply for: visitor visa, transit visa, super visa


To apply for a visitor visa you can:

Apply online

You must have:

Apply online for a visa

Apply on paper

Read the instruction guide to get all the details to apply on paper.

Once you have read the guide, you can prepare your application package. You must select the country/territory from which you will be applying to get your local visa office instructions.

 On November 2, 2019 services and fees for visa application centres (VACs) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East changed. Visit your VAC’s website before you go.


Permanent residents of Canada

We do not issue temporary resident visas (TRV) to permanent residents (PR). If you are outside Canada without a valid PR card, you must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) instead. If you meet the requirements for a PRTD, you can return to Canada as a PR.

If you no longer want to be a PR, or if you know you do not meet the requirements to keep your PR status, you can voluntarily give up (renounce) your PR status to apply for a TRV.

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