Canadian Visitor Visas (Temporary Resident Visas) are Difficult to Obtain

We are often approached by people wishing to come to Canada as visitors from all over the world. Many people are surprised to hear that getting a Canadian visitor visa, properly known as a Temporary Resident Visa,  is a difficult challenge. In order to qualify, applicants have to satisfy Canadian Visa officers at their Consulates or Embassies that they are suitable candidates for the Visa. What Visa Officers are required to consider in making decisions whether to grant or deny Visitor Visa applications as as follows:

  1. Whether the applicant will return to his or her home country after their visit to Canada is complete.
  2. Whether they have sufficient ties to their home country as grounds for leaving Canada on time.
  3. Whether they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their visit to Canada.
  4. Whether they have a place to stay in Canada during their visit.
  5. The intended duration of their visit and whether they have visited Canada in the past.

Each of these above factors are carefully evaluated before making a decision. Therefore applicants who tend to be successful with their Canadian visitor visa applications include documentation and information that shows how and why they qualify under these factors. Information such as ties to their home country such as family, employment, savings etc are often crucial in determining the outcome of a Visa application. Generally, a well-documented, carefully prepared application has a much better chance of success than does an application hastily assembled.

If you are lucky enough to get approved for a Canadian visitor visa, you will notice whether your Visa is ‘single entry” or “multiple entry” . Single entry Visas are for a one-time trip to Canada only. Multiple Entry Visas allow the applicant to travel to Canada as many times as he or she wishes during the validity of the Visa. Often the strength of the application will determine whether the Canadian visitor visa will be issued for single or multiple visits to Canada.

If your application for a Canadian Visitor Visa is refused, you have the option of Appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Canada. Appeals are generally difficult to succeed on so do not count on this route. Rather a re-application may be your best bet if you are able to address the concerns of the Visa officer who originally refused your case.

If you have any questions about Canadian visitor visas, feel free to contact Niren and Associates Immigration Lawyers at [email protected]

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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