Apply for Visitor Visa Canada

Visitor Visa / eTA

Canada has so much to offer tourists that whatever you want from a vacation, it has it in abundance. The expanse of Canada’s natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled worldwide. Canadian cities are clean, friendly, safe, and multicultural. Whether you want to visit Canada as a tourist, visit a family member, attend the convocation ceremony of your child, etc you may need to apply for a Visitor Visa.

Apart from Canadian citizens, or Permanent Residents, foreign nationals are required to obtain a temporary resident visa, TRV (also known as Visitor Visa), or an eTA prior to coming to Canada. If they are citizens from a visa-exempt country list, they need an eTA to travel to Canada if they are travelling by air. The list of visa-exempt countries can be checked by the following link:

visitor visa

A TRV is an ‘entry document’ or a ‘travel document’. If a foreign national is from a visa-requiring country, they cannot enter Canada without a valid TRV in their passport. Generally, airlines will not let them board a flight to Canada, and border services agents at ports of entry will turn them away without one.

TRVs allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to examine foreign nationals before they show up at our ports of entry. They can examine a foreign national’s intention in wanting to come to Canada, and review if they pose medical, criminal, or security concerns.

Where to apply for a Visitor Visa:

Visa applicants can be filed either:

1.) Online (IRCC application portal)

2.) Paper (Visa Application Centre)

Initial TRV applications must be processed at a migration office abroad (consulate or embassy with an immigration section).

Applicants holding a valid work or study permit and who are residing in Canada can choose to apply for a new visa from inside of Canada by submitting an application to the TRV section of the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Ottawa.

Foreign nationals residing abroad must submit their visa application to the office that serves either the country of their nationality or the country in which the applicant is present and has been lawfully admitted.

If you are looking to apply for a visitor visa, and need any assistance in filing your application, you can always Contact Us.

Common Reason for a refused Visitor Visa Application

The Study/ Work/ Visitor Visa application to Canada may be denied due to the following reasons:

1.) Lack of Proof of Funds

2.) Travel History

3.) Lack of employment prospects in your home country

4.) Current employment situation

5.) Not having family ties to your home country and personal assets like house, car, etc back home.

6.) ​Intentions for visiting Canada

7.) Financial condition of the invitee

8.) Fake documents

9.) History of overstaying status or deportation in Canada or any other country

Some serious reasons for refusal may include :

1.) Security threat to Canada

2.) Medical Inadmissibility 

3.) Misrepresentation

4.) Human Rights Violations

5.) Criminality

Depending upon the reason of refusal, you may apply for a visa again by correcting all the mistakes and providing any additional information that may be relevant to your case. If you think there was a mistake made by the IRCC officer, you may either apply for a Judicial Review (if time is remaining) or can request a reconsideration request to the IRCC.

Contact Us if you want to discuss your refusal reasons with us and see what options might be available in your case depending on the situation.