How to Extend a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa – It is no surprise if immigrants that came to Canada on a temporary basis are deciding to stay for a longer period of time. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a country like Canada whether you are studying or working, Canada is a wonderful country to live in.
Many visitors in Canada are given a Canadian visitor’s visa to gain entry into Canada especially if your reason is to visit Canada for a short period of time but after exploring this wonderful country, they end up falling in love with the it and start looking for ways to stay a little longer but the thing with the Canadian visitor’s visa or the temporary resident visa is that you cannot use it after the expiry date.
So how are you going to extend your temporary resident visa whether it is the single entry visa or the multiple entry visa; they both have expiry dates and so how would you extend them so you can still get to enjoy Canada more and also get to become a permanent resident in the country.
In this article, we are going to be looking at the two types of Temporary Resident Visa and also how you can extend these temporary visas. So if you want to extend your temporary resident visa, you will have to read this article through to the end to grasp all the information we will be dishing out.
Without further ado, let’s proceed.
How Do I Extend My Temporary Resident Visa
If you wish to extend your Temporary Resident Visa then you will have to apply for a visitor record and you should know that this document also has an expiry date and on expiration of this document, you will need to leave the country. So if you really want to extend your Temporary Resident Visa, you will have to apply for the document 30days before the expiry date found on visa.
There are some cases were your visa might expire while you are waiting for your visitor record to be processed, this is known as “implied status” and in this case, you can still stay in the country legally.
For you to extend your Temporary Resident Visa, there are some requirements you will need to meet and they are:
- You must have either a valid study permit or work permit
- Your visa must not have expired
- You must have a Canadian residential address
Types of Temporary Resident Visa
Like we said earlier that there are two types of Temporary Visas in can and they are:
- Single Entry Visa
- Multiple Entry Visa
- Single Entry Visa
When you are given a single entry visa to Canada, it means you can only be allowed to enter Canada only one and after which, you will need to apply for another visa if you want to enter the country again.
On arriving Canada, there will be a Canadian officer of the Canadian Border Services Agency who will make sure you meet the requirements for you to gain entry into Canada and once you have been approved by the officer, you will be authorized to stay and either your passport is stamped or you will be given an extra document to carry during your stay in Canada.
But if you don’t receive a stamp or an extra document to support your stay in the country then you Temporary Resident Visa will expire six months after the day you entered Canada.
There are some cases where you may leave Canada during this period of your authorized stay and since it is a single entry visa, you will have to get a new Visitors’ visa to enter Canada again except if you visit the United States then you can return to Canada without getting a new visitors’ visa and there are some conditions for this:
- You must have a valid visitor record, a work permit or study permit
- You must return to Canada within your initial authorization period given to you by the immigration officer.
When do you need a Temporary Resident Visa?
We are going to be looking at the situations when you will need a Temporary Resident Visa.
- When you wish to study in Canada, you will need a study permit or temporary visa for the duration of your study program
- When you wish to work in Canada especially when it is a temporary job; you will need a work permit or temporary visa
- When you plan to visit Canada for a certain period of time.
- Multiple Entry Visa
As the name implies, you will know that it is quite different from the former we mentioned. With this visa, you can enter into Canada several times depending in the period that the visa is valid. This type of temporary visa can be valid for a maximum of 10years. So for someone that wants to travel between Canada and other countries, then the multiple entry visa is the best option for you.
If your visa is approved, you will be able to enter and leave Canada as much as you can but it must be within the period of the validity of your visa. You might not receive a multiple visa if the expiry date on your visa falls after the expiry date of your passport and if this happens, you will need to get a new passport before applying for your visa.
What is an eTA?
The Electronic Travel Authorization is a document that you receive when you enter Canada while living in a country that falls under the visa-exempt nationals list. The visa-exempt nationals are people that fall under the countries that can move to Canada without obtaining a visa. With this document, you can visit Canada multiple times for a period of six months and you should know that this document is valid for a period of five years or until your passport expires.
Having this document doesn’t really mean that you will enter into Canada as this will be decided by the border services officer.
How do you apply for an eTA?
This is a very simple process and the joy of this is that you can actually apply online. You will just have to meet some requirements in completing the eTA form and these requirements are:
- A valid email address
- A valid passport from a visa-exempt country
- A credit or debit card
You should know that:
Starting your application means you must finish it because you cannot do this another time; everything must be done at once. If the application has been submitted, you will receive an approved email within few minutes and this email contains your eTA number.
In some cases, you might have to submit more document before your application can be approved and if this is your case, an email containing instructions on what to do will be sent to you within 72hours. A family looking for eTA must apply per family member.
What is the difference between a Temporary Resident Visa and a Temporary Resdient Permit
The Temporary Resident Visa is a document issued by the visa office to you confirming that you have met all the requirements to gain entry into Canada as a temporary resident.
The Temporary Resident Permit is a document that allows you to enter Canada legally even if you have been deemed inadmissible provided you have a valid reason.
Extending your stay in Canada even as a temporary resident is very possible as you will just have to apply for extension 30days before the expiration of your Temporary Visa so you can continue to enjoy the wonderful benefits Canada has to offer.