Canada is a popular destination for tourists, students, and immigrants alike. Understanding the different types of visas available can help you plan your journey. This article will cover eight types of Canadian visas.
The Visitor Visa is designed for those planning to visit Canada for less than six months. It requires a valid passport, good health, no criminal or immigration-related history, and proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
- You need to obtain the required documents for a visitor visa.
- Most applicants need to give their biometrics if it’s their first time applying.
- If you already have a valid and current U.S. nonimmigrant visa, or have had a Canadian visitor visa in the past decade, you may be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is another type of tourist visa. It’s electronically linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years or until your passport expires.
For students wishing to study in Canada, the Study Permit is the appropriate visa. It allows you to study at designated learning institutions in Canada.
- You must have a letter of acceptance (LOA) from a designated learning institution in Canada.
- You need two photographs, a certificate proving your employment or study status, and proof that your stay is temporary.
Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa is a popular choice for those who want to work and vacation in Canada. It provides an open work permit, allowing you to work for any employer in Canada.
- You must be between 18 and 35 years old.
- You need to have 2,500 Canadian dollars to cover initial expenses.
- You must get medical insurance for the trip.
- You must be enrolled at a university in your home country.
- You need a resume.
- You must prove your studies with a professional degree or a letter from the educational institution.
The Family Visa is for those who have family members living in Canada. It allows you to live, study, and work in Canada if you are a permanent resident’s spouse, common-law partner, dependent child, parent, or grandparent.
- You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must demonstrate that you can provide the necessary financial support for your relatives during their stay in Canada.
- You must not have criminal records or debts with the Canadian government.
Post Graduation Work Permit
The Post Graduation Work Permit is for students who have completed a program of study in Canada and wish to work after graduation.
- You must have attended a full-time program at an approved institution in Canada.
- You must be and have had a study permit.
- You must have been authorized to work off-campus.
- You must possess a professional studies diploma or a professional specialization certificate issued by an institution in Canada.
- You must be over 18 years old.
Young Professionals Visa
The Young Professionals Visa is for young professionals who want to gain Canadian work experience. It provides an employer-specific work permit.
- You must be admissible to Canada.
- You must be a citizen of one of the 32 participating countries and have a valid passport for your entire stay in Canada.
- You must be between 18 and 29 years old at the time of application.
The Express Entry system is for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada. It manages applications for permanent residence for three economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
- You must have a valid international passport or other travel documents.
- You need language test results (English and/or French).
- You must have an education credential assessment report.
- If you have a job offer from an employer in Canada, this is optional.
- You must have a police character certificate, proving the absence of criminal records.
- You need a medical examination report from an IRCC authorized doctor.
Each visa has its own eligibility requirements and fees, so it’s important to research and understand which is the best option for you. Whether you’re planning a short visit, intending to work, or considering immigration, Canada offers a range of visas to suit your needs.