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How to get a Temporary Resident Visa, Work Permit, Supper Visa 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.

I want to go to india on extended study permit and my permit expires in november 2017 but i donot have valid visa and return to canada in december on work permit. Do i need only work visa or i should also have study visa to leave the country

You just need a new visitor visa if you want to return before your permit expires. But you should have a plan of what you will do when the permit expires, as CBSA will ask you.

I just received by Study Permit which is valid till July 2019. My 3 year old daughter who will accompany me has a TRV which is valid till March 2019 in accordance to the expiry of her passport. My questions are : 1) Does she need to apply for a new TRV so that she can be with me till July 2019? 2) If we renew her passport now will she need to re apply for a new TRV or the one that she has valid till March 2019 suffice?

So the visa is a travel document, which means that it is proof your daughter can travel to Canada until March 2019. If her passport wasn’t going to expire, it’s entirely possible she could be admitted longer than through March 2019.

However, because her passport will expire, it’s very likely she will be admitted until the date of her passport expiry. So yes, she should apply for a new passport. She doesn’t have to apply for a new TRV as long as you enter Canada before March.

I am a student I recently got married and had a baby, The sponsorship papers haven’t gone in as yet. Can my husband and I invite my parents to Canada to meat their first granddaughter? Whose name should I invite under and should I state in my letter that I am a student and is in the process of Applying for residence?

If it’s just a normal visitor visa application, then both of you can write and sign the invitation letter.

If this is a Super Visa application it’s more complicated because your husban inviting his in-laws might not be considered legitimate. But you are not eligible until you have PR.

I renewed my passport just now with my married name.But I got seperated with my husband some 6 years back in california but I have not filed divorce in India.Now for canadian immigration what I should do?

You either have to use the name on your identitty documents for the application or you have to do what’s necessary to change your name on those documents before you apply.

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.

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