Visa in Canada
Whether you are going to Canada to speed down the skiing slopes or settling down in a new job, it is important to know the information about having a visa in Canada. The visa application can seem overwhelming. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration department help provide up to date online resource that assists individuals with the process to help simplify the process.
Visas in Canada
Depending on what country you are from is dependant on whether you have to apply for a tourist visa in Canada. Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and a number of European countries are able to qualify for a visa-free entry into Canada for a visit period of six months or less. The only requirement is having a valid passport. New requirements means that everyone who enters the country, even if you don’t require a visa must apply for an eTA when visiting or even travelling through Canada. An eTA is electronically linked to your passport and allows to see when you are entering Canada.
Expats who are not part of these countries will need to apply for a temporary residence visa before they arrive to be allowed to enter Canada. There is only one visa for visiting and doing business in Canada. To apply for a temporary residence visa you must do that from your home country at least 6 weeks before entering Canada.
Canada is a very popular destination for thousands of expats to move to each year. In order to legally do so each individual must acquire a permanent residence visa. You can apply for a permanent residency either through Canada’s federal programme or one of the countries provincial programmes.
The permanent residence application is a more complicated, frustrating and time consuming in comparison to a temporary visa application. There are a number of permanent residency visas to choose from. Permits for skilled workers to permits for those reuniting with their family. The main type of visas include:
- Skilled workers and professionals
- Quebec selected skilled workers
- Canadian experience class
- Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed class
- Provincial nominees
- Family visas