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Visitor (Temporary Resident) Visa & Extension

Extension (for those who are in Canada)

You can apply to change your current status to stay in Canada longer. To change or extend your status as a temporary resident/visitor, you will need enough funds to cover your expenses.

Visa Validity Date

When you arrive at the port of entry in Canada, the Officer will stamp your passport or travel document and record the expiration date which is the date you must leave Canada. The visa expiration date is shown on the passport or traveling document along with the date the visa was issued. The time between when the visa issuance and the visa expiration date is called your visa validity. The issued visa does not mean that you can entre Canada but permits you to travel to Canada.

Are visitors allowed to extend their stay in Canada?

Visitors are not allowed to stay in Canada more than their validity visa period. But visitors may apply for extension to stay longer. If you decide to stay longer, you must apply for your visa extension 30 days before your Temporary Resident Visa expires. If you stay longer than the period you are allowed, you may lose your temporary resident status and you could be asked to leave Canada.

Visitor (Temporary Resident) Visa

To visit or transit Canada, all citizens of the countries need to apply for a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) if they do not fall in the list of visitor visa exemption countries (as below).

Visitor (Temporary Resident) Visa

Citizens of the countries that do not fall within one of the visitor visa exemption countries need to apply for a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to visit or transit Canada. Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) Exemption Countries:


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