When Applying for a Canadian Visitor Visa, is it Better To Get a One-Time or Multiple-Entry?

In order to visit, study or conduct business in Canada, people from many different countries need to apply for a visitor’s visa (for a list of countries whose citizens who do and do not require a visitor visa click here). In Canada, a visitor visa is also called a Temporary Resident Visa or a Temporary Resident Permit.

Portrait of a boy with the flag of Canada painted on his face

There are two different types of visitor visas in Canada: single entry and multiple entry.

A single entry visitor visa allows the holder to enter Canada once. If the holder leaves Canada and wants to come back, they will have to apply for another one – except if they are traveling to the United States. The single entry visitor’s visa is only valid for six months.

A multiple entry visa allows the holder to leave and re-enter Canada several times during the length of their visa’s validity. The multiple entry visitor’s visa is valid for a longer period of time than a single entry visa, which is only valid for six months. Each visa can be different, and the number of times you can enter Canada will be stated on the visa.

Single Entry vs. Multiple Entry Visitor’s Visa in Canada

Whether a single entry or a multiple entry visitor’s visa is best for you depends on your situation. If you are visiting family in Canada and are staying with them for the duration of your trip and not traveling outside of Canada or the United States, a single-entry visa is all you would need. But if you plan to travel between Canada and other countries, or could experience a family emergency and have to travel back to your home country and re-enter Canada later, you may benefit more from a multiple entry visa.

There are some benefits and drawbacks to each type of Canadian visitor visa which can be amplified by your personal situation, as well as your own personal preference. If you need help deciding which is best for you, contact us using the form on the right.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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