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Who needs a TRV to visit Canada and how do I apply for one?

A TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) is a document issued by Immigration Canada that allows non-Canadian citizens to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as tourism, visiting family, or conducting business. Often referred to as a Canadian Visitor Visa, it will allow you to come to Canada temporarily on visitor status.


What you will include in your application will depend on your purpose of visit. For example, if you’re visiting a family member in Canada, a letter of invitation from that family member is required, whereas if you are a business visitor, you may need to show proof of the conference or meetings you’ll attend.

The application can be submitted online through IRCC’s GCKey portal. You’ll need to fill out the online forms, and include your documents as PDF scans.

Generally, the application process goes as follows:

  1. Determine eligibility: Check if you need a TRV to enter Canada by visiting the Government of Canada's website. Only certain nationalities will require a TRV to come to Canada, others can simply apply for an ETA.

  2. Gather documents: Prepare the required documents, which may include a passport, travel itinerary, financial information, and proof of purpose for your trip.

  3. Submit an application: Complete the TRV application form and submit it online or in person to the nearest visa application center or Canadian embassy, along with the required documents and fees.

  4. Wait for a decision: The processing time for a TRV application varies, but it can take several weeks, the processing time depends on your country of residence at the time of application. You will be notified of the decision by mail or email. You’ll need to give your fingerprints (called biometrics) during the application process.

  5. Obtain the TRV: If your TRV application is approved, you will be required to submit your passport to your local Visa Application Centre, and you will be given a stamp that allows you to board a plane to Canada.

A few important tips:

  • The TRV process can vary depending on your country of origin, each country has its own list of documents with specific requirements about what is needed in a TRV application.

  • Some applicants will require a medical exam if they have been present in a specific country within the last year.

  • Applicants aged 14 to 79 will require fingerprints (biometrics) to support their application.

To conclude, it is always a good idea to check the Government of Canada's website for the most up-to-date information and requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, it is recommended to seek the assistance of a professional immigration consultant.

If you have any questions about how to visit Canada as a tourist or for business purposes please feel free to reach out, you can book an immigration consulting with us online here.


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We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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