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.
You can qualify for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:
The procedure to apply for Canada Visitor Visa online
Apply on paper for a new visitor visa
The package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out.
Please note the following:
Be sure to send us all documents we asked for. Missing information or documents can delay your application.
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:
The government fees to apply for Canada Visitor Visa Starts From $100Source: 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