Visitor/Study Visas

Temporary Resident Visas

Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year, many of them require to enter Canada as a visitor.

Unless they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, individuals who wish to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as tourists, temporary foreign workers (individuals with work permits) and international students (individuals on study permits) must apply for and be granted a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

Citizens of visa-exempt countries intending to travel to Canada by air are expected to have applied for an obtained an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their departure to Canada. Exceptions to this include citizens of the United States, who do not require a TRV or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and Green Card holders in the United States, who need an eTA to come to Canada, regardless of their nationality. Unless otherwise exempt from the requirement to obtain a TRV or an eTA, individuals who require a TRV do not require an eTA, and vice versa.

The TRV is a document issued by a Canadian Immigration Visa Office outside Canada, showing that the holder has satisfied the requirements for admission to Canada as a visitor. TRVs may be for single entry or multiple entry. As a general rule, tourists are admitted for a period of six months. Temporary foreign workers and international students are admitted for varying periods of time, as determined on a case-by-case basis. Extensions may be applied for from within Canada.

It is important to note that possession of a valid TRV does not necessarily mean that the Officer at the Canadian Port of Entry will admit the visitor into Canada. At the Port of Entry, all visitors must demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is of a temporary nature. Officers at the Port of Entry will deny admission to all persons who, in their opinion, do not intend to leave Canada at the expiry of their visitor status.

Studying in Canada

Canada Study Permit. The standard way to study in Canada is with a Canadian study permit. Learn more about obtaining a Canadian study permit.

Study without a Study Permit. Under certain circumstances, you can study in Canada without a study permit.

Work While Studying in Canada. For those who need additional funds while studying in Canada, it may be possible to work up to 20 hours per week at the same time.

Work after studying in Canada

One of the major advantages of making the decision to study in Canada is that graduates have access to a Post-Graduation Work Permit PGWP on completion of their studies in Canada. Post-Graduation Work Permits allow certain individuals who have studied in Canada to stay and work under an open work permit for up to three years, allowing them to enter the Canadian workforce and gain valuable Canadian work experience that may help them to immigrate permanently.

Transitioning to permanent resident status

Canada wants international students who complete their studies in Canada to form a large portion of the next generation of permanent residents. The following two programs give international students this opportunity

Canada Study Permit. The standard way to study in Canada is with a Canadian study permit. Learn more about obtaining a Canadian study permit.

Provincial Nominee Programs Canada’s provinces have specific programs that allow graduates to immigrate permanently.

Quebec Experience Class (PEQ) This program allows those with Quebec study or work experience to immigrate permanently to Quebec as permanent residents of Canada.