Planning a short visit to Canada in order to sight seening, meet relatives & friends?
“Tourists” are individuals who intend on coming to Canada temporarily in order to visit relatives, friends or Canadian sights.
Entry to Canada is a privilege not a right. If you want to visit Canada you must meet the necessary requirements and you may need a temporary resident visa.
Visit Canada for short period of time:
Visiting Canada for a short period requires most non-Canadian nationals to apply for a Canadian tourist visa. Canada does permit visa free travel for up to six months for citizens and permanent residents of several countries, however, for those who do not receive this concession, the Canadian tourist visa, a form of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) grants a candidate a maximum of six months in Canada.
If you do not require a Temporary Resident Visa you can simply appear at any port of entry with your passport and indicate to the Immigration Officer that you intend on staying in Canada temporarily for purposes of visiting friends, family, sightseeing, or business
If you do require a Temporary Resident Visa in order to enter Canada as visitor you must apply for a TRV at the Canadian visa office responsible for your country of citizenship or the country to which you have been lawfully admitted.
Obtaining a visa to visit Canada can be a very difficult task in some Countries. The rules keep changing from year to year in most countries especially in countries with high populations and many applicants. In order to get a visa to Canada or any other country for that matter, you need to show that you will return to your country of permanent residence. Note that the keyword is show. Even if you plan to return to your country, you have to show it, with documents.
Unlike longer-term work visas and business visas, the only financial requirement placed upon visit visa applicants is that they must be able to support themselves throughout their stay in Canada. Although a visit visa does not permit the candidate to take up any form of employment whilst in the country, it does allow short term courses of study to be undertaken providing that the duration of the course does not exceed the six-month period of leave granted by the visa.
However, Canadian tourist visas are issued as a strictly temporary visa service and although they may be extended, they do not constitute a route to permanent immigration. Candidates must demonstrate that it is their intention to depart for their country of residence once their visa has expired.