Visitor Visa

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    Extend your Stay in Canada
    • Perhaps you are on a leisurely trip in Canada, visiting your family, studying your program of interest, or working temporarily, circumstances may change and you may want to either change your conditions in Canada or extend your trip.
      Applying for a visa extension in Canada is not at all uncommon and as a matter of fact is one of the most requested kinds of Canadian visas. However, the application process for such an extension can be considerably complicated resulting in many applicants not obtaining their desired request. It is for that reason it is recommended to seek the advice of an immigration professional.
      Once an individual is in Canada you will have a defined period of time which you are legally allowed to stay in the country. Additionally, you may have terms or conditions which allow you to work or study.
      If one would like to extend their stay or change their conditions, you may do so from inside Canada. However, the acceptance of such a request depends on how thoroughly the applications have been followed as well as the case the individual has presented to justify their stay. Many have met with rejection upon their request due to such criteria not being met.

      Who is a Canadian Visa Extension for?

      An application to change conditions or extend your visa in Canada is made by individuals who are already here and they include:
      • Visitors to Canada
      • Study permit holders
      • Work permit holders
      A Canadian visa extension is for individuals who at the time of the application have valid status in the country.

      What to Ask a Licensed Canadian Immigration Professional About a Visa Extension?

      Not all immigration professionals are created equal. Often we’ve noticed that Canadian Visa Extensions are rejected because the right questions were not discussed.
      Here are some very important questions you want to ask any person you are planning on hiring to help you with your Canadian Visa Extensions application.
      • How long before ones status expires must you make an application?
      • What would happen if his or her visa expires to remain in Canada after an visa extension application has been submitted?
      • From where would an application have to be submitted if one wanted to study or work in Canada?
      The immigration professional should have no problems answer those important questions for you.

      Why Contact OkayCanada for an Assessment?

      Our team dedicate themselves to your immigration case, providing legal representation tailored to your personal situation. Our expertise focuses on immigration and visa programs for Canada, including global immigration.

      Begin Your Application For Canadian Visa Extension Today

      Securing personalized legal help is quick and simple. Begin with our one-minute online assessment form or call us toll-free at 1-888-368-4608.

      We have a dedicated team of licensed professionals standing by; ready to answer your immigration and visa questions. Book a personal consultation to speak with an award-winning immigration lawyer over the phone, on Skype or in-person at our downtown Toronto and Vancouver offices.

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    Super Visa Refusal
    Super Visas and Visitor Visas get refused often. There are many reasons for refusal, depending which country a person is a citizen of: visa-exempt or non-visa exempt country.
    Every Visitor (Super Visa included) requires travel authorization to board a plane and travel to Canada; this is in the form of either an eTA or a TRV. This is the most important part of the visa application process and when an individual is refused a visa (visitor visa, super visa, student visa, work visa), it is as a result of not getting either an eTA or TRV approved.

    Visa-exempt countries only require an eTA (electronic travel authorization) which typically is easy to obtain. Non-visa exempt countries, however, require a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) which is a much more thorough screening process and have a much higher rate of refusal- especially when individuals apply on their own. Typical processing times for TRV visas can be between 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on the visa office that is responsible for processing.

    Common Reasons for Refusal

    TRV Visa: non-visa exempt countries

    A TRV visa is a type of travel authorization, much like the eTA.  Individuals from non-visa exempt countries require a TRV visa in their passport before they are allowed to board a plane at an airport.  The Canadian government has placed many countries on a non-visa exempt list to ensure individuals are screened properly before being permitted to travel to Canada.

    The TRV visa application process is a lengthy one. The application asks for plenty of detailed personal and family information. In addition, many documents must be provided to strengthen and support the application. Unlike US visas that have an interview, Canada’s screening process is only done by a paper application with no interview. It is extremely important to prepare a strong application as the visa officer will make a decision solely based on the information provided in the application; they will not request any additional information.
    Many individuals do not understand the process and there is a high rate of refusal when an individual applies on their own. After receiving a refusal, the individual has been flagged and any subsequent application must be as strong as possible in order to have any chance of approval.

    TRV visas are refused for many reasons.  They are refused for all the same refusal reasons as an eTA (see below), plus an additional 12 reasons which normally only apply to the screening process for TRV applications.

    Reasons for TRV and Super Visa refusal:

    • Lack of Travel History: If a person has not travelled anywhere outside of their home country before, they will be refused a visa if they apply on their own.  Our firm can overcome this reason by making legal arguments and referencing a Federal Court Case in the application.
    • Strong Family Ties to Canada:having family members in Canada can be a reason for refusal, and individual applying on their own can be refused.  Our firm can overcome this reason by making legal arguments and referencing a Federal Court Case in the application.
    • Length of stay:Individuals who state on the application they wish to stay for a longer period, usually require significant financial funds.
    • Real Purpose of Visit: there wasn’t a good enough explanation of the reason for travel to Canada.
    • Lack of Employment Prospects in Home Country
    • Current Employment Situation
    • Personal Assets
    • Host in Canada financial situation: lack of documentation
    • Documents that do no appear authentic
    • History of overstaying status on a previous visit to Canada
    • Illegal Status in Country of Residence
    • Other Reasons
    eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) visa: visa-exempt countries

    Individuals from visa-exempt countries are usually refused on grounds of inadmissibility:

    • Criminality(having previously been charged with a crime)
    • Misrepresentation(having misrepresented information to Canada immigration previously and received a ban)
    • Previous Deportation: for overstaying visit illegally
    • Medical Inadmissibility: have a contagious disease that is a threat to Canadians
    • Human Rights Violations: previously served in the military for a country that has been deemed to have participated in war crimes.  Additional documents must be provided to overcome this inadmissibility.
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    Temporary Resident Visa

    Temporary Resident Visas (Visitor Visas) and eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Canada

    Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year. Except for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, all other individuals require permission to enter Canada as a visitor and require either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization), unless they are US Citizens.

    Temporary Resident Visas (Visitor Visas) and eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Canada

    • Tourists
    • Temporary foreign
    • workers (individuals with work permits)
    • International students (individuals on study permits)
    • Business Visitors

    TRV or an eTA? You only need one of them, not both.

    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.

    Exception: Citizens of the United States do not require a TRV or an eTA, but Green Card holders in the United States, require an eTA to come to Canada, regardless of their nationality.

    If you are NOT a citizen from a visa-exempt country, you WILL need a TRV to enter Canada.

    To find out if you need a TRV or eTA before departure to Canada, click here.

    What is a eTA (electronic Travel Authorization)?

    As of March 15, 2016, travellers with passports from countries that are visa-exempt who enter Canada by air will need an eTA.

    The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

    What is a TRV and how to apply for one?

    * If you require a TRV, please make sure you read the reasons for refusal.

    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.

    Items to note:

    • Certain applicants may need to undergo a medical examination. This pertains to some individuals who intend to remain in Canada and have recently visited certain countries, as well as persons who intend to work in certain occupations in Canada.
    • Criminality and medical issues may prevent a visitor from entering Canada.
    • Visitors to Canada must be able to prove their ability to support themselves during their intended temporary stay in Canada.
    • Citizens of certain countries may need to provide biometric information. To learn which countries this applies to, click here.

    Country Checklist: Non-Visa Exempt (TRV) or visa-exmept (eTA)

    TRVs are required for citizens of non visa-exempt countires. The chart below outlines which citizens require a TRV and which citizens need an eTA in order to travel to Canada.
    CountryTRV Required?eTA Required?
    AfghanistanYESNO
    AlbaniaYESNO
    AlgeriaYESNO
    AndorraNOYES
    AngolaYESNO
    AnguillaNOYES
    Antigua & BarbudaYESNO
    ArgentinaYESNO
    ArmeniaYESNO
    AustraliaNOYES
    AustriaNOYES
    AzerbaijanYESNO
    BahamasNOYES
    BahrainYESNO
    BangladeshYESNO
    BarbadosNOYES
    BelarusYESNO
    BelgiumNOYES
    BelizeYESNO
    BeninYESNO
    BermudaNOYES
    BhutanYESNO
    BoliviaYESNO
    Bosnia-HerzegovinaYESNO
    BotswanaYESNO
    Brazil: *currently have a US visa (eTA), or held a Canadian visa within last 10 years (eTA)*YES*NO
    BruneiNONO
    BulgariaNOYES
    Burkina FasoYESNO
    BurundiYESNO
    CambodiaYESNO
    CameroonYESNO
    Cape VerdeYESNO
    Central African RepublicYESNO
    ChadYESNO
    ChileNOYES
    ChinaYESNO
    China (Hong Kong SAR)NOYES
    ColombiaYESNO
    ComorosYESNO
    Congo, Democratic RepublicYESNO
    Congo, Republic ofYESNO
    Costa RicaYESNO
    CroatiaNOYES
    CubaYESNO
    CyprusNOYES
    Czech RepublicNOYES
    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
    Israel (holders of travel document in lieu of passport)YESNO
    ItalyNOYES
    Ivory CoastYESNO
    JamaicaYESNO
    JapanNOYES
    JordanYESNO
    KazakhstanYESNO
    KenyaYESNO
    KiribatiYESNO
    Korea, NorthYESNO
    Korea, SouthNOYES
    KosovoYESNO
    KuwaitYESNO
    KyrgyzstanYESNO
    LaosYESNO
    LatviaNOYES
    LebanonYESNO
    LesothoYESNO
    LiberiaYESNO
    LibyaYESNO
    LiechtensteinNOYES
    LithuaniaNOYES
    LuxembourgNOYES
    MacaoYESNO
    MacedoniaYESNO
    MadagascarYESNO
    MalawiYESNO
    MalaysiaYESNO
    MaldivesYESNO
    MaliYESNO
    MaltaNOYES
    MauritaniaYESNO
    MauritiusYESNO
    MexicoNOYES
    MoldovaYESNO
    MonacoNOYES
    MongoliaYESNO
    MontenegroYESNO
    MoroccoYESNO
    MozambiqueYESNO
    MyanmarYESNO
    NamibiaYESNO
    NepalYESNO
    NetherlandsNOYES
    New ZealandNOYES
    NicaraguaYESNO
    NigerYESNO
    NigeriaYESNO
    NorwayNOYES
    OmanYESNO
    PakistanYESNO
    PalauYESNO
    PanamaYESNO
    ParaguayYESNO
    PeruYESNO
    PhilippinesYESNO
    PolandNOYES
    PortugalNOYES
    QatarYESNO
    RomaniaNOYES
    RussiaYESNO
    RwandaYESNO
    San MarinoNOYES
    Sao Tome e PrincipeYESNO
    Saudi ArabiaYESNO
    SenegalYESNO
    SerbiaYESNO
    SeychellesYESNO
    Sierra LeoneYESNO
    SingaporeNOYES
    SlovakiaNOYES
    SloveniaNOYES
    SomaliaYESNO
    South AfricaYESNO
    SpainNOYES
    Sri LankaYESNO
    St. Kitts & NevisYESNO
    SudanYESNO
    SurinamYESNO
    SwazilandYESNO
    SwedenNOYES
    SwitzerlandNOYES
    SyriaYESNO
    TaiwanNOYES
    TajikistanYESNO
    TanzaniaYESNO
    ThailandYESNO
    TogoYESNO
    TongaYESNO
    Trinidad and TobagoYESNO
    TunisiaYESNO
    TurkeyYESNO
    TurkmenistanYESNO
    Turks and CaicosNOYES
    TuvaluYESNO
    UgandaYESNO
    UkraineYESNO
    United Arab EmiratesNOYES
    United KingdomNOYES
    United States of AmericaNONO
    UruguayYESNO
    UzbekistanYESNO
    VanuatuYESNO
    VenezuelaYESNO
    VietnamYESNO
    YemenYESNO
    ZambiaYESNO
    ZimbabweYESNO
    will deny admission to all persons who, in their opinion, do not intend to leave Canada at the expiry of their visitor status.
    Items to note:
    • Certain applicants may need to undergo a medical examination. This pertains to some individuals who intend to remain in Canada and have recently visited certain countries, as well as persons who intend to work in certain occupations in Canada.
    • Criminality and medical issues may prevent a visitor from entering Canada.
    • Visitors to Canada must be able to prove their ability to support themselves during their intended temporary stay in Canada.
    • Citizens of certain countries may need to provide biometric information. To learn which countries this applies to, click here.

    Country Checklist: Non-Visa Exempt (TRV) or visa-exmept (eTA)

    TRVs are required for citizens of non visa-exempt countires. The chart below outlines which citizens require a TRV and which citizens need an eTA in order to travel to Canada.

    Link:  https://www.matkowsky.ca/visiting-canada?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpc3YxPG74AIVj4bACh1XjAlREAAYAyAAEgJ6kvD_BwE

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    Visit Canada

    Canada Tourist Visa

    Super Visas and Visitor Visas get refused often.   There are many reasons for refusal, depending which country a person is a citizen of:  visa-exempt or non-visa exempt country.

    Every Visitor (Super Visa included) requires travel authorization to board a plane and travel to Canada; this is in the form of either an eTA or a TRV.  This is the most important part of the visa application process and when an individual is refused a visa (visitor visa, super visa, student visa, work visa), it is as a result of not getting either an eTA or TRV approved.

    Visa-exempt countries only require an eTA (electronic travel authorization) which typically is easy to obtain. Non-visa exempt countries, however, require a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) which is a much more thorough screening process and have a much higher rate of refusal- especially when individuals apply on their own. Typical processing times for TRV visas can be between 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on the visa office that is responsible for processing.

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    Visitor Visa Refusal

    Visitor Visas do get refused.   There are many reasons for refusal, depending on the type of visa: eTA or TRV.

    Visa-exempt countries only require an eTA (electronic travel authorization) which typically is easy to obtain and only takes 24 – 72 hours to process after applying online. Non-visa exempt countries, however, require a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) which is a much more thorough screening process and have a much higher rate of refusal- especially when individuals apply on their own. Typical processing times for TRV visas can be between 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on the visa office that is responsible for processing.

    Common Reasons for Refusal

    TRV Visa: non-visa exempt countries

    A TRV visa is also a type of travel authorization, much like the eTA. Individuals from non-visa exempt countries require a TRV visa in their passport before they are allowed to board a plane at an airport. The Canadian government has placed many countries on a non-visa exempt list to ensure individuals are screened properly before being permitted to travel to Canada.

    The TRV visa application process is a lengthy one. The application asks for plenty of detailed personal and family information. In addition, many documents must be provided to strengthen and support the application. Unlike US visas that have an interview, Canada’s screening process is only done by a paper application with no interview. It is extremely important to prepare a strong application as the visa officer will make a decision solely based on the information provided in the application; they will not request any additional information.

    Many individuals do not understand the process and there is a high rate of refusal when an individual applies on their own. After receiving a refusal, the individual has been flagged and any subsequent application must be as strong as possible in order to have any chance of approval.

    TRV visas are refused for many reasons. They are refused for all the same refusal reasons of an eTA (read below), plus an additional 12 reasons which normally only apply to the screening process for TRV applications.

    Reasons for TRV refusal:

    • Lack of Travel History: If a person has not travelled anywhere outside of their home country before, they will be refused a visa if they apply on their own.  Our firm can overcome this reason by making legal arguments and referencing a Federal Court Case in the application.
    • Strong Family Ties to Canada:having family members in Canada can be a reason for refusal, and individual applying on their own can be refused.  Our firm can overcome this reason by making legal arguments and referencing a Federal Court Case in the application.
    • Length of stay:Individuals who state on the application they wish to stay for a longer period, usually require significant financial funds.
    • Real Purpose of Visit: there wasn’t a good enough explanation of the reason for travel to Canada.
    • Lack of Employment Prospects in Home Country
    • Current Employment Situation
    • Personal Assets
    • Host in Canada financial situation: lack of documentation
    • Documents that do no appear authentic
    • History of overstaying status on a previous visit to Canada
    • Illegal Status in Country of Residence
    • Other Reasons

    eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) visa: visa-exempt countries

    Individuals from visa-exempt countries are usually refused on grounds of inadmissibility:

    • Criminality(having previously been charged with a crime)
    • Misrepresentation(having misrepresented information to Canada immigration previously and received a ban)
    • Previous Deportation: for overstaying visit illegally
    • Medical Inadmissibility: have a contagious disease that is a threat to Canadians
    • Human Rights Violations: previously served in the military for a country that has been deemed to have participated in war crimes.  Additional documents must be provided to overcome this inadmissibility.
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    Common Reasons for Refusal

    TRV Visa:  non-visa exempt countries

    A TRV visa is a type of travel authorization, much like the eTA.  Individuals from non-visa exempt countries require a TRV visa in their passport before they are allowed to board a plane at an airport.  The Canadian government has placed many countries on a non-visa exempt list to ensure individuals are screened properly before being permitted to travel to Canada.

    The TRV visa application process is a lengthy one.  The application asks for plenty of detailed personal and family information.   In addition, many documents must be provided to strengthen and support the application.  Unlike US visas that have an interview, Canada’s screening process is only done by a paper application with no interview.  It is extremely important to prepare a strong application as the visa officer will make a decision solely based on the information provided in the application; they will not request any additional information.

    Many individuals do not understand the process and there is a high rate of refusal when an individual applies on their own.  After receiving a refusal, the individual has been flagged and any subsequent application must be as strong as possible in order to have any chance of approval.

    TRV visas are refused for many reasons.  They are refused for all the same refusal reasons as an eTA (see below), plus an additional 12 reasons which normally only apply to the screening process for TRV applications.

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