The Canadian Temporary Resident Visas are a category of visas for individuals who intend to stay in Canada for a short period, typically six months or less. These visas are issued for various purposes such as tourism, business visits, family visits, and more.
Having a Temporary Resident Visa indicates that your stay in Canada will be limited to a short duration and not extend beyond that. It means you are not eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, obtain Canadian government documents, or avail yourself of Canadian benefits, including health coverage.
You are only permitted to stay in Canada for the specific purpose for which you applied. Engaging in long-term work or study programs is strictly prohibited, except for study programs with a duration of six months or less, provided you have indicated it in your application. Additionally, you must demonstrate a clear intent to return to your home country and not to remain in Canada.
Eligibility Criteria for Temporary Resident Visas To be eligible to apply for Temporary Resident Visas for Canada, you must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old as the primary visa applicant.
- Possess a valid government-issued passport with at least one blank page that is not the last page of the passport.
- Translate and certify any documents not in English or French.
- Have a clean criminal history and provide court documents as evidence.
- Be prepared to pay the required visa application fees and visa processing fees.
- Sign and date the necessary documents as required.
- Complete and sign a Visa Application Center (VAC) Consent Form.
- Submit copies of your current immigration status in another country or in Canada.
- Have sufficient funds to cover your stay in Canada.
- Be prepared to attend an interview or provide biometric information.
- Undergo a medical examination if requested by the Canadian Consulate.
- Establish that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your home country upon completion of your visit.
- Provide evidence that you do not intend to work or study in Canada.
However, depending on the type of Temporary Resident Visa you are applying for, additional criteria may apply.