Temporary Resident Visa

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

(Citizens of visa-exempt countries intending to travel to Canada by air are expected to apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their departure to Canada. Exceptions 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.)

Temporary Resident Visa is issued by Canadian Immigration Visa Office outside Canada, showing that the holder has satisfied the admission requirements of Canada as a visitor. TRVs can be for single entry and multiple entry as well.

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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, which is determined on case-by-case basis.

NOTE: At the Port of Entry, all visitors must demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is of temporary nature. Officers at the Port of Entry may deny admission to persons who, in their opinion, do not intend to leave Canada at the expiry of their visitor status.

 

TRVs are required for citizens of certain countries. The chart below outlines which individuals require a TRV and which individuals need an eTA in order to enter Canada.

CountryTRV RequirementeTA Requirement
AfghanistanYesNo
AlbaniaYesNo
AlgeriaYesNo
AndorraNoYes
AngolaYesNo
Antigua and BarbudaNoYes
ArgentinaYesNo
ArmeniaYesNo
AustraliaNoYes
AustriaNoYes
AzerbaijanYesNo
BahamasNoYes
BahrainYesNo
BangladeshYesYes
BarbadosNoYes
BelarusYesNo
BelgiumNoYes
BelizeYesNo
BeninYesNo
BhutanYesNo
BoliviaYesNo
Bosnia and HerzegovinaYesNo
BotswanaYesNo
BrazilYesNo
Brunei DarussalamNoYes
BulgariaYesNo
Burkina FasoYesNo
BurundiYesNo
Cabo VerdeYesNo
CambodiaYesNo
CameroonYesNo
CanadaYesNo
Central African RepublicYesNo
ChadYesNo
ChileNoYes
ChinaYesNo
ColombiaYesNo
ComorosYesNo
CongoYesNo
Costa RicaYesNo
CroatiaNoYes
CubaYesNo
CyprusNoYes
Czech RepublicNoYes
Democratic Republic of the CongNoYes
DenmarkNoYes
DjiboutiYesNo
DominicaYesNo
Dominican RepublicYesNo
EcuadorYesNo
EgyptYesNo
El SalvadorYesNo
Equatorial GuineaYesNo
EritreaYesNo
EstoniaNoYes
EthiopiaYesNo
FijiYesNo
FinlandNoYes
FranceNoYes
GabonYesNo
GambiaYesNo
GeorgiaYesNo
GermanyNoYes
GhanaYesNo
GreeceNoYes
GrenadaYesNo
GuatemalaYesNo
GuineaYesNo
GuyanaYesNo
HaitiYesNo
HondurasYesNo
HungaryNoYes
IcelandNoYes
IndiaYesNo
IndonesiaYesNo
IranYesNo
IraqYesNo
IrelandNoYes
Israel (Passport Holders)NoYes
ItalyNoYes
Ivory costYesNo
JamaicaYesNo
JapanNoYes
JordanYesNo
KazakhstanYesNo
KenyaYesNo
KiribatiYesNo
KyrgyzstanYesNo
LatviaNoYes
LebanonYesNo
LesothoYesNo
LiberiaYesNo
LibyaYesNo
LiechtensteinNoYes
LithuaniaNoYes
LuxembourgNoYes
MacedoniaYesNo
MadagascarYesNo
MalawiYesNo
MalaysiaYesNo
MaldivesYesNo
MaliYesNo
MaltaNoYes
MauritaniaYesNo
MauritiusYesNo
MexicoNoYes
MonacoNoYes
MongoliaYesNo
MontenegroYesNo
MoroccoYesNo
MozambiqueYesNo
MyanmarYesNo
NamibiaYesNo
NepalYesNo
NetherlandsNoYes
New ZealandNoYes
NicaraguaYesNo
NigerYesNo
NigeriaYesNo
NorwayNoYes
North KoreaYesNo
OmanYesNo
PakistanYesNo
PalauYesNo
PanamaYesNo
ParaguayYesNo
PeruYesNo
PhilippinesYesNo
PolandNoYes
PortugalNoYes
QatarYesNo
Republic of Korea (South Korea)NoNo
Republic of MoldovaYesNo
RomaniaYesNo
RussiaYesNo
RwandaYesNo
Saint Kitts and NevisYesNo
Sao Tome and PrincipeYesNo
Saudi ArabiaYesNo
SenegalYesNo
SerbiaYesNo
SeychellesYesNo
Sierra LeoneYesNo
SingaporeNoYes
SlovakiaNoYes
SloveniaNoYes
SomaliaYesNo
South AfricaYesNo
SpainNoYes
Sri LankaYesNo
SudanYesNo
SurinameYesNo
SwazilandYesNo
SwedenNoYes
SwitzerlandNoYes
SyriaYesNo
TajikistanYesNo
ThailandYesNo
Timor-LesteNoYes
TogoYesNo
TongaYesNo
Trinidad and TobagoYesNo
TunisiaYesNo
TurkeyYesNo
TurkmenistanYesNo
TuvaluYesNo
UgandaYesNo
UkraineYesNo
United Arab EmiratesYesNo
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandNoYes
TanzaniaYesNo
United States of AmericaNoYes
UruguayYesNo
UzbekistanYesNo
VanuatuYesNo
VenezuelaYesNo
VietnamYesNo
YemenYesNo
ZambiaYesNo
ZimbabweYesNo
AnguillaNoYes
BermudaNoYes
Israel (Holder of travel document in lieu of Passport)YesNo
KosovoYesNo
KuwaitYesNo
MacauYesNo
TaiwanNoYes