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How to get a Temporary Resident Visa, Work Permit or Study Permit for Canada

Most people who need visas can now apply online for visitor visas. To apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV aka visitor visa) on paper, you must

  • satisfy a visa officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay,
  • show that you have enough money to maintain yourself and your family members in Canada and to return home,
  • not intend to work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so with a work permit or study permit,
  • be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity,
  • not be a risk to the security of Canada,
  • provide any additional document requested by the officer to establish your admissibility, and
  • be in good health (complete a medical examination if required).
Not all visitors need visas to come to Canada. If you are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), you do not need a visa.

My Visa expires before my work permit how to apply for visa extension

This actually doesn’t matter.

That’s because your visa is a “travel document”, giving you permission to travel to Canada where the border guard will decide whether or not you could enter.

Your work permit is your “status document” which gives you permission to work in Canada.

As long as you are not travelling outside of Canada during your work permit’s validity, you do not need to renew your visa.

Now, if you do want to travel, you need to apply for that visa extension and you should be able to do so online at IRCC’s website.

I’m a Filipina and working in Dubai. If i had the opportunity to find an employer in Canada. What is the best way to get my boyfriend? He is a Filipino also. Would it be Marry 1st at least a month before leaving Dubai? Is there any problem that i’ll encounter with the papers i already process with my employer if i’ll suddenly change status?

If you are married your husband can apply for an open work permit to accompany you on your work permit. If you are not married he cannot do that.

Can I apply for a work permit if my study permit expires and the 90 days grace passed by unknowingly

You’re past the eligiblity window for an open work permit. If you can get a job offer from a Canadian employer, you can still apply for a work permit. But you need to have status or you need to leave.

My study permit expired recently and I’m trying to get a pr because I’m getting married soon will it be possible

The short answer is “no”. You cannot go from a study permit to PR. That is impossible.

If your fiance is Canadian (citizen or PR) they can sponsor you for permanent residence.

If your study permit expired less than 90 days ago, you can apply for an “open” work permit. If you work in Canada in a skilled occupation for at least a year you should be eligible to apply for PR then.

I am a permanent resident in Canada. I have divorced 2 years ago, and I have a kid with that women, I cant take kid to Canad to visit me without my ex-wife. I want them to visit me for 10 days. What Visa she needs.

There are no special visas for this situation. Anyone who does not have status in Canada needs to apply for a temprorary resident visa (i.e. a “visitor visa”).

I had applied and acquired multiple visa when I was on my study permit. But now I am on my work permit. Does my multiple visa have to be amended before I leave to my country for a visit?


If your multiple entry visa is still valid, you can still use it. A temporary resident visa and a work permit are for two different things: travel to Canada and work in Canada.

Im a live in nanny here in canada my visa in my passport has expired already dated march 20,2017 but my working permit will be until june 21,2017 do i need to renew my passpirt visa?? Will i get in trouble because of this??

No you will not get in trouble.

Your visa is a “travel document” which lets you come to Canada. Your work permit is your status document. So as long as you stay in Canada during the validity of your work permit you do not need to renew your visa. You only need a new visa if you leave Canada and wish to return (by air/train/bus/ferry).

I am a Indian student, i have valid study permit till august, 2018 but my canadian visa has expired. I want to travel to US by road can i get back in canada?

Yes you can.

I am Canadian citizen. He is here on work visa. We have been living together over 1 year and in relationship 2 years. Currently in process of applying for PR. Can we bring his kids over from jamaica to visit here in canada and how do we go about ths.

He needs to write them an invitation letter and then their custodial parent has to apply for temporary resident visas (visitor visas) for them.

Overstayed and worked illegally in canada

You should leave immediately. You can re-enter Canada legally later, when you qualify to come.

I’m a Canadian citizen that live outside of Canada with my wife of 1 year, she’s never been to Canada , would like to take her along with me for the August vacation. can she apply for visitors visa and do i have to send a letter explaining this with her application?

Yes, she should apply for a visitor visa. A letter would help the application.

am from Nigerian i meet a lady online and we have been dating for over 1years now and she want to invite me to Canada how can this works……coz I need to see her for good and we have been planing to get married.

  1. She sends you an invitation letter inviting you to stay with her in Canada.
  2. You book your trip.
  3. You assemble the information necessary to show you will return to Nigeria at the end of your trip.
  4. You submit your visitor visa application to the nearest visa office.
  5. When you receive your temporary residence visa (visitor visa), you travel to Canada.

I am a dual canadian citizen and bangladeshi citizen. I am married to a British citizen residing in Bangladesh (who is also Bangladeshi. We are both resident of Bangladesh for many years as my husband business is based in Bangladesh. I was planning to go on a holiday to Canada for4 weeks to visit my sister with my husband and three kids . I wish to take with me my nanny who is Bangladshi so that she can look after my children. Just for your information our nanny has travelled with us to various countries including UK, Singapore , Thailand India etc. Therefore I was wondering what category of visa should I apply for her, should it be the visitor visa ?

Yes, it’s a visitor visa.

i forget to mention that I am married this year during my canada student visa application and i got visa is there any problem

No but your spouse won’t be able to apply for an accompanying work permit if they want to.

i have a cousin in the philippines who wants to study here in canada. what procedures and documents does he need to apply for student visa and how long will it take?

First he needs to apply and get accepted by a Designated Learning Institution. Once he has been accepted and paid tuition he can apply for a study permit and a visitor visa.


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