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Entry Requirements

Please plan ahead of time for your visit.

When Crossing The Border – You are “traveling as a tourist and attending an academic conference”. Don’t say for “business”. If given an option to tick “business” or “personal” on an entry form, check “personal.”

Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to enter Canada. Visa processing times vary from country to country, so please check the Canadian Government’s website and apply for a Visa, if necessary, well in advance of your trip. Those traveling from outside of Canada, including the United States, will need a valid passport to enter.

Passport Information

Every year, millions of people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends. Depending on where you live, you will need to meet certain entry requirements.

Determine Your Eligibility

Make sure you meet the basic requirements to visit Canada.

Apply for a Visitor Visa

Before you plan your visit, you should find out if you need a visa to enter Canada. If you do not need a visa to enter Canada, you will still need to meet some specific requirements. If you do need a visa, find out how to apply.

If you are currently a temporary resident in Canada with a valid status (that is, a study or work permit), you can apply for a new visitor visa to return to Canada before you leave.

Check Processing Times

Most applications for visitor visas (temporary resident visas) are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times vary depending on the visa office.

After You Apply: Get Next Steps

Find out what you should do after you apply for a visitor visa.

Prepare for Your Arrival

Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Extend Your Visa

To extend your stay in Canada, you should apply 30 days before your status expires.

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