EXPLORE

Take Time to Explore Canada at Your Own Speed

TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE CANADA AT YOUR OWN SPEED

Canada is a wonderful country to explore. From coast to coast you’ll find mountains, prairies, city-centres and an incredible array of people. Sights like the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (which has a United States side as well), provincial and national parliament buildings, Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland, Dinosaurs in Drumheller, Alberta and totems in Haida Gwaii. Many people visit Canada to spend time with family and friends while others come purely for the experience the country delivers.

More than 16 million tourists came to Canada in 2012. That number rose to almost 20 million in 2016 and it’s expected to continue to rise with the friendly-nature and welcoming culture all Canadians are known for.

For many coming to Canada to visit, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), eTA (electronic Travel Authorization, or International Experience Canada (IEC) class category document is required.

TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISA (TRV)

TRVs are issued by a visa office in Canada to prove you meet the requirements for admission to the country as a visitor, student or worker as a temporary resident. The TRV must be obtained and included with your passport before your arrival in Canada. A TRV may also be necessary when a temporary resident is moving from one province or region in Canada to another.

TRV eligibility – you must:

  • Prove that you will leave the country after your visit.
  • Prove that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself and any accompanying family members while in Canada.
  • Be in good health and be willing to conduct a medical exam if required.
  • Not have any criminal record; be willing to get a police verification done.
  • Not engage in any kind of work or study in Canada, unless authorized to do so.
  • Be able to provide all supporting documents at the request of the visa officer.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

If you are travelling from a country that does not require a TRV you may need an eTA to visit or travel through a Canadian airport. This applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals. Like the TRV, this documentation must be arranged before arriving in Canada, but is not necessary for citizens of the United Sates or those with valid Canadian visas. Those coming to Canada by land or sea do not need an eTA.

ETAs are valid for about five years and can take minutes up to about three days to be issued through the online application system, so arranging the document should be done before booking a flight.

SUPER VISA

Not everyone will fit into the requirements for the parent and grandparent Family Class Sponsorship, so the government of Canada has created the Super Visa which is a two year visa for parents and grandparents to come as visitors to Canada for an extended period of time. It’s ideal when residents of Canada want to be together with their family for longer periods of time like when a new baby is born, they are travelling and need help at home or simply want to spend more time with their parents and/or grandparents.

With the Super Visa, parents and grandparents are able to move freely throughout Canada for up to two years. Unlike a traditional visitor visa, the Super Visa is valid for up to 10 years or the validity of the passport. The first visit on the Super Visa can be for up to two years and subsequent visits will be limited to 12 months.

Requirements for the sponsor of a parent or grandparent Super Visa are:

  • The sponsor must be the child or grandchild of the sponsored person; must provide a written commitment of financial support; and must meet the minimum income threshold for this program.

Requirements for the sponsored person (parent or grandparent) are:

  • The sponsored person must be the parent or grandparent of the sponsor; must be admissible to Canada as a visitor; must prove that he or she has bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and must undergo an Immigration Medical Examination.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE CANADA (IEC)

Canada is a land of incredible opportunities and experiences and to allow youth from other countries to experience what Canada has to offer, the International Experience Canada program was created. This program is specifically for those between age 18 and 30 (or 35 for certain countries of citizenship) and must be a passport holder of one of the 34 countries with the bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada.

Some countries may have differing requirements, but in addition to the requirements noted above, those interested in the IEC program must:

  • Have a valid passport for the duration of the stay.
  • Have the equivalent of $2,500 Canadian dollars upon arrival.
  • Be able to arrange health insurance prior to the arrival to last for the duration of the stay.
  • Be admissible to Canada and not have any dependants accompanying them.
  • Have a round-trip ticket or funds to purchase a return ticket for the end of the stay.
  • Pay the appropriate fees for the IEC requirements.

Plus, because IEC is works on a model of Expression of Interest, then Invitation to Apply, candidates must create their IEC profile (through completing the Come to Canada questionnaire) and receive an Invitation to Apply before submitting an application.

IEC has three separate categories:

Working Holiday provides an open work period for anywhere in Canada for almost any Canadian employer.

Young Professionals allow for international experience when working with a Canadian company, but that Canadian employer must provide a signed job offer or letter of contract of employment for a job classified as skill type level O, A or B in the National Occupation Code before applying.

International Co-op provides the opportunity for an internship with a Canadian company. Like the Young Professionals category, this arrangement must be confirmed before applying.

Not all countries have the same rules for the IEC program. In fact there are a number of different time frames and acceptable categories depending on which country the individual has a passport from. We can help you determine if you’re eligible for the IEC program and can help submit your Expression of Interest if this program is the right fit.