Why and When to Travel to Canada

To get a visa to travel to Canada, there are several things that you need to consider. There is a process involved with getting a visa and it involves checking the immigration department in your province. However, there are other options to consider too and these include:

Are you eligible? To qualify to travel to Canada by way of a visitor visa, you have to fulfill the basic requirements such as being a Canadian citizen or a protected person. You also have to fulfill the points system that the government has set. These include the citizenship status, as well as the date of birth. In addition to that, you have to be a permanent resident of Canada or a protected person in order to apply for an immigrant visa.

Are you eligible for an exception? There are two types of exceptions to the entry requirements and these include: permanent resident status, and humanitarian and cultural activities. If you fulfilled the criteria for either of these two exceptions, then you are not eligible for a visa. This includes travelling to Canada by way of an international flight.

Are you a permanent resident of Canada? There are three groups of permanent residents in the country and these include Canadian citizenship, protected persons, and immigrants. Immigrants are those who have come to Canada more than five years and who have established residence here. The other category of permanent residents is those who have been granted leave to remain in Canada and are not subject to immigration restrictions. Finally, there are those who are not Canadian citizens but have become eligible for Canadian citizenship because of certain factors such as meeting the economic prosperity criteria, if you have a paid job that will allow you to become eligible for an immigrant visa, or if you have a prescribed status (immigrant investor).

Have you ever applied to enter Canada as a visitor? Visitors do not need a visa to enter the country. However, they must apply for admission either on the same day that they arrive or within three months of their arrival.

Are you travelling to Canada to visit relatives or friends? You cannot be admitted into Canada if you have any contagious diseases. This includes the common cold or the flu. As per the Immigration and Border Protection Agency, travel restrictions are in place for those with severe contagious diseases. If you are travelling to Canada with this type of disease, it is necessary that you seek the advice of your doctor so that you can obtain proper treatment.

Are you entering Canada temporarily for business purposes? While there are several entry points into the country, the most common one is from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. There are also several airports that serve the cities of Vancouver, Montreal and Vancouver Island. In addition, there are ferry services from British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick. Most airports will offer you shuttle buses to get you to the border. However, there are several businesses that offer taxis and rental cars to help you get to your point of entry quickly and easily.

As per the Foreign Investment Act, all persons travelling to Canada are required to register with the Office of Immigration. In addition, all foreign nationals are required to disclose their identity and permanent residency status. Failure to comply could result in a ban on immigration to Canada. All applicants are required to attend an interview with the CBSA and provide information that helps officials to determine their eligibility. Failure to comply with the conditions may result in an immigrant refused entry to Canada. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.