The Temporary Resident Visa offered by Canadian immigration services enables foreign citizens to live in Canada for a certain period of time for either business or leisure. Foreign citizens, who are residents of certain nationalities, usually will not need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada (please contact us for a list of visa-exempt countries). Nationals of most other countries will require a Temporary Resident Visa before entering Canada. Spouses of individuals, who are temporarily residing in Canada, may be required to get a Temporary Resident Visa, depending on their country of birth.
The Canadian Temporary Resident Visa doesn’t permit Foreign Citizens to work in Canada. When choosing the stream of immigration to apply for, the differences between a Temporary Resident Visa and a Work Permit need to be considered. A short-term Resident Visa enables a Foreign Citizen to enter and stay in Canada for a particular amount of time. A Work Permit enables a foreign citizen to engage in an occupation in Canada.
Citizens of other countries, wanting to work in Canada, must obtain a Work Permit. The foreign national may additionally require a Temporary Resident Visa, should they be travelling in and out of Canada. The requirements to get the visa vary, depending on the foreign national’s homeland.
Different Types of Temporary Resident Visas provided by Canada:
- Single Entry Visa – permits the foreign national one entry to Canada;
- Multiple Entry Visa – permits the foreign national multiple entries to Canada, countrywide, pending the validity of the Visa; and
- Transit Visa – permits a transit of fewer than 48 hours via Canada, for foreign nationals who are venturing through Canada on a trip to a destination outside of Canada that requires a visa.
Foreign citizens who are exempted from getting a Temporary Resident Visa:
- Residents of certain nations (contact us for an up-to-date list);
- People lawfully admitted as permanent residents to the United States;
- English citizens, and citizens of British-dependent territories, who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British-dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
- Individuals holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.
Foreign nationals, who plan to come to or visit Canada for over six (6) weeks, and who have lived, within a year before their arrival in Canada, in certain states, will be required to undergo medical examinations, before being granted a Temporary Resident Visa in Canada.