A tourist visa is also called a visitor visa in Canada. These visas are issued to citizens of certain nations who wish to visit Canada for a short period of time, whether it is to act as a tourist or to visit friends and family.
Not every foreign national needs a visitor to come to Canada. Citizens of certain nations are considered to be visa-exempt, and can come to Canada with a valid passport to prove their citizenship of these nations. However, someone who is a citizen of a country that is not visa-exempt will have to apply for a visitor visa before they are allowed into Canada.
Can an immigration lawyer help with a visitor visa application?
Canada sees millions upon millions of visitors every single year, issuing a record million visitor visas in 2012 alone. But just because these visas are the most sought-after and common visas, that does not mean they are easy visas to obtain. In fact, they are among the most denied types of visas in Canada.
This is because, while the visitor visa holder will only be in Canada on a temporary basis, there are many requirements that the applicant must meet in order to be approved and a lot of information they need to gather for their application package. For example, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are only expecting to stay in Canada for a temporary amount of time, and that they have very strong ties to their home country. In addition, they will need to provide evidence that they have enough money to support themselves and any dependents when they are in Canada.
Because it can be difficult to prove the aforementioned situations to the Canadian visa officers’ satisfaction, a licensed immigration lawyer is definitely necessary to have the best chance of success when applying for a visitor visa in Canada.
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