Canada is beautiful country with plenty of tourist hotspots, and this is why Canada is one of the most popular countries to travel to. However, you may have to do a complete preparation before you come to visit Canada. Depending on your circumstances, the things you will need to prepare may be different than other individuals preparing to visit Canada. As a result, it is highly recommended that you have a thorough understanding of all the things you will need to prepare for prior to your travel. In this blog, you will learn about different processes individuals commonly go through before visiting Canada.
A temporary resident visa (TRV) is also known as the visitor visa. If you are a foreign national who wants to visit Canada and is coming from a non-visa exempt country, you will need a temporary resident visa. A temporary resident visa typically allows you to stay in Canada for a 6 month period maximum. If your temporary resident visa is valid for a different length of time, it will be clearly indicated on the visa. It is your responsibility to be aware of the expiry date of your visa, so that you do not overstay in Canada. You are not permitted to leave and re-enter the country, unless you apply for and receive an approved multiple entry visa.
If you are a foreign national who wants to visit Canada and is coming from a visa exempt country, you will not need a temporary resident visa. Rather, you will most likely need an approved electronic travel authorization (eTA).
A super visa, also known as a parents or grandparents super visa, is essentially a special multiple entry visa. Unlike the temporary resident visa, super visa is generally valid for up to 10 years from the time it is issued. However, you, as a super visa holder, are permitted to stay for up to 2 years from the time you enter the country. If you come from a visa-exempt country, but wish to stay for longer than 6 months to visit your children or grandchildren, you must apply for a super visa to be permitted to reside in Canada longer than 6 months.
Compared to a temporary resident visa, the requirements of a super visa are stricter. In order to the eligible for a super visa, you must be either a parent or a grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. On the other hand, if you are only applying for a temporary resident visa, you do not necessarily need to be seeking entry to the country to reunite with your children or grandchildren. A temporary resident visa is enough for simple tourism, family visit, or for a short business trip.
As previously mentioned, you will need to be a parent or a grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. In addition, you will need to meet other requirements if you are applying for a super visa. For example, you must have a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild, stating they are going to be your host while you are in Canada. On the letter, your children or grandchildren must also clearly state that they are going to be financially responsible for your entire stay in Canada. At the same time, the host must provide proof that they meet the low income cut-off (LICO) threshold which applies to them, depending on how many individuals live in their home. Please note, if you are simply applying for a temporary resident visa, your Canadian host does not need to meet the LICO threshold. Rather, you must demonstrate in your application that you are able to pay for your visit to Canada and pay for your return trip to your home country as well.
Also, applicants for a super visa will need to retain private medical insurance to cover health issues. The private medical insurance must cover a minimum of $100000 in medical expenses, and is valid for at least one year from the date of your entry.
Last but not least, you, as a super visa applicant, are subject to all the requirements any individual is when seeking entry into Canada. For example, you must convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay. You can do so by showing strong ties to your home country.
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