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Canada Visa Application for Visitor (Temporary Resident Visa – TRV)

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Canada Visa Application for Visitor (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV)

Canada Visa Application for Visitor (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV)

Work or study in Canada – See Guided Steps Below

If you meet the criteria for the travel exemptions, and you want to apply to come to Canada, there are changes to the application process.

 

Apply for a visitor visa or eTA

Follow these steps:

  1. You must check to make sure that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions if you’re outside the US.
  2. If you’re able to travel to Canada, use our online tool to find out if you need a visitor visa or an eTA (opens in new window).
  3. Select your situation from the list below and follow the steps.

If you’re not eligible to travel to Canada, don’t apply during the suspension (April 29 to May 19, 2020). You will not be able to come to Canada.

What you need to do if you’re eligible to travel to Canada

If you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time, what you need to do next depends on if you’ve applied already or not.

If you’ve applied already for

  • a visitor visa
  • an eTA

If you need to apply for

  • a visitor visa
  • an eTA

If you already applied for a visitor visa

Step 1: Email IRCC at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to tell us

  • you’re exempt from the travel restrictions if you’re outside the US
  • you need to travel for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose if you’re exempt from the travel restrictions or coming from the US
  • you have an application in process
  • how you applied for your visa—online or by paper

Step 2: When emailing us, make sure you give us the following information:

  • your application number
  • your unique client identifier (UCI)
  • where you live now (current country of residence)
  • how you meet one of the exemption criteria if you’re outside the US
  • evidence that you meet this exemption if you’re outside the US (provide proof as an attachment in your email)
    • For example, if you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, you can provide one of the following:
      • a letter of support from your family member
      • your birth certificate
      • your marriage license
      • a letter from your spouse, partner or parent
  • evidence of why you need to travel to Canada for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose
  • although it’s not recommended that you book travel before you get your visa if you’ve booked travel, provide your travel itinerary, including your
    • flight number
    • departing time and location
    • arrival time and location

Step 3: You’ll receive a notification, either via your IRCC Secure Account or in your email, confirming if your application is approved or refused or requesting more information, so we can make a decision. If you’ve not been able to give your biometrics due to a service disruption, you’re now being given 90 days instead of 30 to complete this step. Find out more information on giving biometrics.

 

If your application is approved, we’ll tell you the next steps in the process.

If you originally applied for a visitor visa by paper, you can link your application to an online account. In your online account, you can see the status of your application.

 

Your application won’t be processed until the suspension is lifted if

  • you don’t meet one of the exemption criteria and are outside the US
  • an officer determines that you’re not traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose

Step 4: You need to prepare properly before arriving at the airport to fly to Canada.

  • Important: If you’re outside the US, you must bring evidence (see step 2) that you meet one of the exemption criteria and that you’re traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose. If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada.
  • Airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 won’t be able to board their flight to Canada.

 

Step 5: When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the airport.

You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

If you already applied for an eTA but haven’t heard back about the next steps

Step 1: Send us a Web form to tell us

  • you’re exempt from the travel restrictions if you’re outside the US
  • your travel is essential (non-discretionary), whether you’re in the US or elsewhere

 

Step 2: When filling out the Web form, do the following:

  • From the drop-down menu, under Type of application/inquiry, select “Electronic Travel Authorization” and then “Case Specific Enquiries.”
  • In the text box, tell us that you already applied for an eTA and explain how you meet one of the exemption criteria and why you’re traveling to Canada for an essential  (non-discretionary) purpose, whether you’re coming from the US or elsewhere.

 

Step 3: When you’ve filled out the form, make sure you do the following:

  • Answer “yes” to the question Would you like to include a document with your submission? and then upload evidence that you meet one of the exemption criteria and are traveling for an essential  (non-discretionary) purpose.
  • The type of evidence you need to provide depends on which criterion you qualify for. For example, if you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, you can provide
    • a letter of support from your family member
    • your birth certificate
    • your marriage license
    • a letter from your spouse, partner or parent

 

Step 4: Once an officer is satisfied that you meet one of the necessary criteria and are traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose, based on the evidence you have submitted, you’ll receive an email from IRCC with the next steps.

 

Step 5: You need to prepare properly before arriving at the airport to fly to Canada.

  • Important: You must bring evidence (see step 3) that you meet one of the exemption criteria if you’re traveling from outside the US, and that you’re traveling to Canada for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose. If you can’t provide this information, you will not be allowed to board your flight to Canada.
  • Airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

 

Step 6: When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the airport.

 You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

 

If you need to apply for a visitor visa

While these temporary changes are in effect, we’ll process your visitor visa application only if

  • you qualify for an exemption from the travel restrictions if you’re outside the US
  • your travel to Canada is essential (non discretionary), whether you are in the US or elsewhere

You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

 

When you apply for a visitor visa

For us to prioritize and process your application, you must self-identify on the application form that you qualify for an exemption if you’re outside the US and are coming for an essential (non-discretionary) reason.

Step 1: If you need a visitor visa to travel to Canada, you must apply online for one. Only online applications will be accepted and processed.

Step 2: When answering the question on the application form about the purpose of travel, enter the following information exactly as written to ensure your application is prioritized:

  • For question 1 a) purpose of travel, choose “other” from the drop-down menu.
  • For question 1 b) description field, write “COVID-19” exactly like this (you must use capital letters).

Step 3: Pay the application fee and submit all required supporting documents, including giving biometrics. As a special measure due to COVID-19, applicants are now being given 90 days instead of 30 to give biometrics. Find out more information on giving biometrics.

Step 4: You must provide evidence that you meet one of the travel restriction exemption criteria if you’re outside the US and are traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose. The type of evidence you need to provide depends on which criterion you qualify for.

 

For example, if you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, you can provide one of the following:

  • a letter of support from your family member
  • your birth certificate
  • your marriage license
  • a letter from your spouse, partner or parent

Step 5: You’ll receive an email confirming if your application is approved or refused, or you may receive a letter requesting more information, so we can make a decision. This will be sent to your IRCC Secure Account. If your application is approved, we’ll tell you the next steps in the process.

Your application won’t be processed until the suspension is lifted if

  • you don’t meet one of the exemption criteria and are outside the US
  • an officer determines that you’re not traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose

 

Step 6: You need to prepare properly before arriving at the airport to fly to Canada.

  • Important: You must bring evidence (see step 4) that you meet one of the exemption criteria if you’re outside the US and evidence that you’re traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose. If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada.
  • Airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

 

Step 7: When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the airport.

 You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

 

If you need to apply for an eTA

Step 1: You’ll need to apply online for an eTA.

 

Step 2: After you apply, send us a Web form to tell us you’re exempt from the travel restrictions, if you’re outside the US, and you’re travelling for an essential (non discretionary) purpose.

 

Step 3: When filling out the Web form, do the following:

  • From the drop-down menu, under Type of application/enquiry, select “Electronic Travel Authorization,” and then “Case Specific Enquiries.”
  • In the text box, tell us you’ve applied for an eTA and explain how you meet one of the exemption criteria.

 

Step 4: When you’ve filled out the form, make sure you do the following:

  • Answer “yes” to the question Would you like to include a document with your submission? and then upload evidence that you meet one of the exemption criteria if you’re outside the US and evidence that you’re travelling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose.
  • The type of evidence you need to provide depends on which criterion you qualify for. For example, if you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, you can provide
    • a letter of support from your family member
    • your birth certificate
    • your marriage license
    • a letter from your spouse, partner, or parent.

 

Step 5: If your eTA is automatically approved, you’ll receive an approval email with the details of your eTA.

 

If your eTA is not automatically approved, you’ll receive an email with the next steps.

Step 6: You need to prepare properly before arriving at the airport to fly to Canada.

  • Important: You must bring evidence (see step 4) that you meet one of the exemption criteria if you’re outside the US, and that you’re traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose. If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada.
  • Airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 won’t be able to board their flight to Canada.

 

Step 7: When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the airport.

Apply online

You must have:

  • Access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents to upload, and
  • A valid credit card to pay with

Apply Online Here

Apply on paper

 

 

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