Who are Visitors?
Who are Visitors?
Visitors are persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and are legally authorized to enter Canada to:
- visit Canada on holiday (vacation),
- visit family,
- conduct business, etc.
Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa.
Visitors are restricted in length of stay and subject to various conditions.
Family member definitions
Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.
Are there medical requirements?
If you plan to visit or study for six months or less:
You usually do not need a medical exam.
Biometric (fingerprints and photo) requirements
You may need to appear in person to have your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point. If your family members are also applying, they may need to appear in person to have their biometric information taken as well.
If you submit your application in person
You may be able to book an appointment in advance to give your biometrics at the same time that you submit your application at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you can’t give your biometrics when you submit your application you will have to make an appointment at the VAC to give them at a later date.
Can I work or study during my stay in Canada?
Visitors are not allowed to work or study in Canada unless they are authorized to do so under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. In many cases, a work or study permit will be required.
- Booking of appointments for enrolling your biometrics at the VAC is free of cost. However, we recommend you to make your appointments as early as possible. If you need help in making your appointments, we will be happy to do it for you. In case you are unable to book an appointment visa the website, you should reach out to our Contact Center and/or VAC directly.
- There are representatives using stolen credit cards to pay for their clients’ applications. If you are using a 3rd party card to pay your fees, make sure it’s someone you trust. If a payment is fraudulent, IRCC will cancel it. But, you’ll still have to pay your fees.
- Please note that appointments are mandatory in order to enroll biometrics at the Visa Application Center.
- All applications will be assessed in accordance with Canada’s immigration visa rules and guidelines.