Canada is once again processing online application for a visitor visa and electronic travel authorizations as of July 1.
Though travel restrictions still applies, Canada’s immigration ministry (IRCC) is resuming processing in an effort to be proactive on future processing times, according to a media report.
IRCC also notes that due to present travel restrictions, most people will be unable to travel to Canada at this time. Travel exemptions are for family members who are staying for more than fifteen (15) days or who are travelling to Canada for an essential reason, temporary skilled workers, and others.
Travellers must also show to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that they are travelling for an essential purpose in order to be granted entry to Canada.
IRCC is also processing online application for work permits, study permits and Canadian permanent residence. No paper applications for these immigration documents will be accepted and processed for now.
Canada has put in place measures to ensure candidates have the time they need to complete all steps of the application process, including providing their biometrics. There are several visa application centres (VACs) reopening in some countries around the world.
It is still mandatory to quarantine for fourteen (14) days for all travellers who enter Canada from abroad. It is also required that travellers present border agents with an adequate quarantine plan.
Earlier today, Canada announced it was expanding its travel restrictions until at least July 31.
Who are Visitors?
Visitors are persons who are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens but are legally authorized to enter Canada to:
- visit family,
- visit Canada on holiday (vacation),
- conduct business, etc.
Visitors are subjected to various conditions and restricted in length of stay.
What is Visitor Visa Canada?
A visitor visa, also known as Temporary Resident visa is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a visitor, a student, or a worker.
Important information: You must obtain a Visitor visa before your departure. You cannot obtain one upon arrival in Canada.
Eligibility Requirements For Visitor Visa
You must demonstrate to the officer that you meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and that you will be in Canada for a short period of time.
You must also:
- show to the officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay,
- show that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself and your members of your family in Canada and to return home,
- not intend to study or work in Canada unless authorized to do so,
- be law-abiding and have no criminal record,
- not be a risk to the security of Canada,
- provide any other document requested by the officer to prove your admissibility, and
- be in good health (should complete a medical examination if required).