FAQS: Canada’s Visitor Visa

FAQ 2: What are the Canadian visitor visa requirements?

There may be specific requirements you’ll need to meet, depending on your country of origin. However, the general requirements for a visitor’s visa are:

  • Have a valid travel document, like a passport;
  • Be in good health;
  • Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions;
  • Prove that you have ties – such as a job, home, financial assets or family that will take you back to your home country;
  • Prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit; and
  • Have enough money for your stay – The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay in Canada.

FAQ 3: Do I need to apply for both a visitor visa and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

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No, you don’t need both a visitor’s visa and an eTA. If you plan to travel to Canada, you need a valid visitor visa or a valid eTA. The one you need depends on:

  • the type of travel document you will travel with;
  • the country that issued your travel document;
  • your nationality; and
  • how you will travel to Canada.

Good to know:

If you already have a valid Canadian visitor visa you don’t need to apply for an eTA even if you’re eligible for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

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