Canada visitor visa is a temporary resident visa granted to a visiting person from a foreign country who wants to enter Canada. In case you are in Canada on a work permit or a study permit, it is not considered as a visa. If you keep extending your work or study permit, you will still not be eligible for a visitor visa. This is not an automatic process.

This requires a new Canada Visitor Visa application which validates your stay in Canada as a visitor. If you are planning to change your work or study permit into a visitor visa you must already be residing in Canada. It is important that you apply for a visitor visa before your work or study permit expires.
Since the process can take long, it is important that you apply at least 2 months prior to leaving Canada and make sure all your documents are also valid. You can also apply for a new visit visa if your visitor visa is expired.

  • People who has a study permit
  • People who have a work permit
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

You can qualify for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to leave and return to Canada in the near future
  • your existing visitor visa is expired or was valid for only one entry
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The procedure to apply for Canada Visitor Visa online

  • you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit

Apply on paper for a new visitor visa

  • Get the application package

The package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

  • Read the mailing instructionson this page carefully before you fill out the form.

        Download the application package.

Please note the following:

  • You must fill out and sign your own form, even if you are travelling as part of a family. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign your form.
  • We will not refund your processing fee.
  • Even if you send a complete application and all the needed supporting documents, you may not get a visa.

Be sure to send us all documents we asked for. Missing information or documents can delay your application.

  • Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

You must pay your fees online.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Submit your application

When you have filled out the application forms, make sure you:

  • sign and date them, and
  • include all documents and proof you paid the application fee in the envelope

Mailing instructions

  • Buy two prepaid 24 x 32 cm Xpresspost–National envelopes at any Canada Post retail outlet.
  • Put one envelope in the other envelope. We will use the second envelope to return your passport and other documents to you.
  • Add the documents you are sending that support your application.
  • Put your full mailing address in the “Deliver To” field and the Case Processing Centre–Ottawa post office box address in the “Return Address” field.
  • Note the tracking number for each envelope.
  • If you don’t send a second prepaid Xpresspost envelope, we’ll return your passport by regular mail. Our office is not responsible for items lost in the mail.
  • We’ll only return your passport through regular mail or a prepaid Xpresspost envelope. (If you include a prepaid envelope from a private courier company, we won’t use it.)
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The government fees to apply for Canada Visitor Visa Starts From $100

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada