The Temporary Resident Visa allows a person to stay in Canada for a short period of time. Usually, it is up to 6 months, unless there is a stamp, handwritten date or document in your passport indicating an expiry date. This type of visa can be single entry or multiple entries. If you can prove the Canadian Consulate that you will not violate the visa rules, they might issue you a visa with a very long validity – up to ten years. Otherwise, you’ll get a 6-month visa.  

There are different purposes of staying such as tourism, business, family visits, and so forth. Once the term of your stay expires, you have to leave the country. If you want to stay longer, then you need to go through the necessary procedures to change the status a permanent visa before your present temporary visa expires.

People from countries that do not have a visa exemption or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) agreement with Canada will need a visa to enter the country. Other words, people from around 148 countries need a visa to visit, work, or immigrate to Canada.

As mentioned above, under the Temporary Resident Visa people come to Canada for various purposes, such as:

  • Visiting –  allowing a trip to Canada for tourism purposes;
  • Business – for business visitors who are going to Canada for the purpose of doing business;
  • Study - foreigners that want to take a short study course (for less than 6 months) at a Canadian university. For more than 6 months of studies, you will need a Study Permit.


Other Types of Temporary Visas:

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Visa – for applicants who have a job offer from a Canadian employer;
  • Temporary Resident Permit – if a person cannot go to Canada under a TRV, he can go with this type of visa, and it will be issued for a period of time he needs to stay in Canada;
  • Working Holiday Visa – this visa is for young people from 30 countries that have a special agreement with the Canadian government allowing them to work and travel in Canada.

Canada Visitor Visa

Canada Visitor Visa is the same as a Temporary Resident Visa which allows visiting Canada for a tourism/family visit, short study, and business purpose. 

The Visitor Visa allows foreigners to Canada for travel and family purpose. If you have this type of visa and the officers find that you do not have any criminal record, you will be allowed to enter Canada. With this visa, you can travel around Canada for less than 6 months as long as you are in good financial standing.

The Visitor Visa also allows a foreigner without a work permit to visit Canada with the purposes of doing business with a Canadian company and engage in the activities, such as attending workshops, conferences, etc.

The Visitor Visa holders visiting Canada for business-related matters can only stay in Canada for a short period of time, usually less than 6 months. Additionally, individuals with this type of visa cannot work for any company in Canada. If you want to go to Canada to work temporarily, then you need a Temporary Workers Visa.

Apart from general requirements, which applicants of a visitor visa have to fulfill, foreign nationals intending to visit Canada for business purposes must meet the following conditions:

  • They must own business in a country other than Canada or work for a business registered in a country other than Canada;
  • They must have an income from a place of work that is located in a country other than Canada;
  • They must provide an invitation letter from a Canadian company to attend a meeting, conference, or workshop.

The Visitor Visa allows foreign nationals who intend to study in Canada for less than 6 months. If a study program is exceeding 6 months or you think you might continue your studies in another program after you complete your short-study course, then it is better to apply for a Study Permit. 

Apart from general requirements, which applicants of a visitor visa have to fulfill, foreign nationals intending to undergo a short-study program in Canada must meet the following conditions:

  • A letter from a designated Canadian institution, testifying that you will be taking a short-study course in that institution;
  • Proof that you can afford tuition fees.

General Requirements for a Visitor Visa 

  • You must be at least 18 years old;
  • You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page that is not the last page;
  • You must have a clean criminal record history with proof of the police department;
  • You must be willing to pay the necessary visa application and processing fees;
  • You must have enough funds to cover your stay in Canada;
  • You must be ready to pass a medical examination if the Canadian Consulate asks you to;
  • You must prove that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your home country once the visit is finished.