Canada is a North American country with a huge demand for foreigners moving to Canada. Canada is a highly developed country that offers huge prospects for entrepreneurs, job seekers, and investors.
However, moving to Canada is not an easy process, and foreigners who wish to enter Canada must first obtain a visa.
What Is A Canadian Visa?
Canadian visa is a stamp on an immigrant’s passport that allows the immigrant’s legal entry into the country. This legal stamp on your passport grants you permission to stay in the country either permanently or temporarily.
Before an immigrant is issued a visa, the Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country must decide if you fulfill the eligibility requirements to be granted a visa. However, before you are allowed entry into Canada, the Officers at the border must evaluate if you are fit to enter the country.
Who Needs A Canadian Visa?
Immigrants who wish to enter Canada are required by law to obtain a visa before entering Canada, except you are a citizen of the following countries with a visa-exempt agreement with Canada.
However, an eTA is required for citizens of visa-exempt countries before entering Canada.
If you are a citizen of the following country, you do not need a visa to enter Canada.
- British citizen
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- Vatican City State
Different Types Of Canadian Visas
There are several Canadian visa types that suit all immigration objectives. Immigrants are advised to confirm the type of visa they need before applying.
The following types of Canadian visas are listed below
- Visitor Visa
- Student Visa
- Work Visa
- Permanent Residence Visas
- Business Immigrant Visa
- Express Entry Program Visas
Temporary Canada Visa
As the name implies, Temporary visa grants foreigner permission to stay in Canada for a limited time, up to 6 months. However, the Temporary visa could be either multiple or single entry visa.
Single Entry Canada visa allows a foreigner to enter Canada and stay for a period of 6 months at a one-time entry. Multiple Canada visa allows a foreigner to enter Canada on multiple entries until the expiration of their visa.
Below are types of Temporary Canada visas
- Tourist visa
- Super visa
- Diplomatic and Official visa
- Courtesy visa
- Business visa
- Visa to Give Birth in Canada
- Organ Donors Visa
- Student visa
- Facilitation visa
- Temporary work visa
- Temporary Residence Permit
- Working Holiday visa
Permanent Canada Visa
Permanent Canada visas also known as immigrant visas are issued to immigrants to settle permanently in the country. The following are types of Canada Permanent Visas
- Immigrant Investor Program
- Startup Visa Program
- Self-employed person visa
- Quebec Selected Skilled Worker Program
- Family-Sponsorship Program
- Live-in Caregiver Program
Express Entry is an online immigration scheme designed by Canadian government inviting skilled and highly qualified candidates to immigrate to Canada based on their skills and expertise. Qualified candidates of the Express Entry are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
The following are immigration categories under the Express Entry
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)
- Canadian Experience Class