Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

A Canada Temporary Resident Visa, also known as a visitor visa, is an official document issued by the Canadian government that allows foreign nationals to enter Canada for temporary purposes. This includes tourism, visiting family and friends, attending business meetings, or participating in short-term courses or training programs. The Temporary Resident Visa is typically issued for a specific period and is available for single or multiple entries into Canada.


To be eligible for a Canada Temporary Resident Visa, applicants must meet certain requirements set by the Canadian government. The following are some of the key eligibility criteria:
Purpose of Visit: Applicants must demonstrate a valid purpose for their visit to Canada, such as tourism, visiting family or friends, or attending business-related activities.
Financial Support: Applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover their expenses during their stay in Canada.
Good Health: Applicants may be required to undergo a medical examination to ensure they are in good health and are admissible to Canada.
No Criminal Record: Applicants must not have any criminal convictions and must be able to provide a police certificate, if required.
Ties to Home Country: Applicants must demonstrate strong ties to their home country, such as employment, family, or property, to show that they intend to return after their visit to Canada.

Application Process

The application process for a Canada Temporary Resident Visa involves several steps, including the following:
Complete the Application Form: Applicants are required to fill out the appropriate application form and provide accurate and honest information about their personal details, purpose of visit, and other relevant information.
Gather Supporting Documents: Applicants must gather supporting documents, such as a valid passport, photographs, proof of financial support, and any additional documents required based on their specific circumstances.
Submit the Application: Once the application and supporting documents are complete, applicants can submit their application online (required) or through a Visa Application Center (VAC) in their country (under some circumstances).
Biometrics and Medical Examination: Depending on their nationality and other factors, applicants may be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) and undergo a medical examination as part of the application process.
Wait for Processing: After submitting the application, applicants will need to wait for processing. Processing times may vary based on the volume of applications and other factors.
Receive a Decision: Once the application is processed, applicants will receive a decision on their Temporary Resident Visa application.

Important Considerations

Before applying for a Canada Temporary Resident Visa, there are several important considerations that prospective applicants should keep in mind:
Processing Times: It’s important to be aware of the current processing times for Temporary Resident Visa applications, as these can vary based on the applicant’s country of residence and other factors.
Travel Restrictions: Applicants should stay informed about any travel restrictions or advisories related to visiting Canada, especially during the application process.
Validity Period: The validity period of a Temporary Resident Visa can vary, so applicants should carefully review the visa conditions and plan their visit accordingly.
Extensions and Renewals: In some cases, it may be possible to extend or renew a Temporary Resident Visa while in Canada. Applicants should be aware of the requirements and procedures for doing so.
Driving in Canada on a TRV: If you have a valid licence from your home country, you may be able to use this to drive in Canada for a short duration. Check with the government of your province or territory for details. If you plan to use a foreign driver’s licence in Canada, you would need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home country. An IDP will give you a translation of your licence into French and English.

You may not work without authorization (e.g. visiting researchers), however, you may study in a program of up to 6 months’ length.

Parents/Grandparents on super visa can stay for up to five (5) years from the date of entry.