Understanding Canada Visa Types

Getting a visa to enter Canada can be an onerous task especially if you are not familiar with the rigors of immigration procedures.

During visa application, there is zero-tolerance for errors, and the slightest mistake whether intentional or not may be the deciding factor whether your visa gets approval or not, it is imperative you pay utmost attention especially during the very first stage of visa application.

Getting the help of an immigration expert is advisable to help you expedite the whole process, as there is someone who understands the terrain of the immigration process and knows exactly what to do.

A foreigner who wishes to enter Canada regardless of their immigration objectives must first obtain a temporary resident permit from the Canadian embassy in your home country unless he or she is a national of the 54-eligible visa-exempt countries and territories.

All visa-exempt nationals traveling to Canada with the exception of the United States citizen are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when arriving in Canada by air.

Visa Exempt Countries
Citizens or permanent residents of the following countries and territories are allowed to enter Canada with recourse for a visa and can stay in Canada for up to six months. However, if an eTA is not required if the following nationals are entering Canada by land or sea.

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
British citizen
British National (Overseas)
British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through naturalization or registration, birth, descent, in one of the British overseas territories of:
Anguilla
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Gibraltar
Montserrat
Pitcairn Island
Saint Helena
Turks and Caicos Islands
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Chile
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel, must have a national Israeli passport
Italy
Japan
Republic of Korea
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal
Romania (electronic passport holders only)
Samoa
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
The United States, lawful permanent resident of
Vatican City