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.
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.