After a Successful Canadian Visa Application
Once you have your visa, you can travel to Canada. At the point of entry, you will be asked to show your passport and documents. The officials will check them and ask a few questions about why you are going to Canada.
After you answer, they will make the decision whether to let you inside the country or not. The officials at the point of entry have the authority to not allow you inside Canada if they believe that you will commit crimes or not respect your visa restrictions. Having a Canadian visa does not guarantee that you will go to Canada, only the border officials are allowed to do that.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Visa to Canada?
The Canada visa processing time varies for each specific case. It can take anywhere between two to four weeks, or even longer.
Your Canadian visa begins to process only after the Canadian authorities have received your complete application.
If they need you to get them additional documents, the processing time will be delayed.
Can I Help Someone Get a Canada Visa?
If you have a family member or friend who is living abroad, and you want to bring them to visit Canada, you can write them a Letter of Invitation.
The Letter of Invitation must include the following information: About the person you are inviting:
- Full name and date of birth
- The reason they want to come to Canada
- How long they intend to stay in Canada and when they will leave
- Their contact information
- The relationship you share
- Where they will stay
- How they will finance their trip
- Your full name and date of birth
- Your occupation
- Your residential status in Canada (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
- Your family details – names and dates of birth of your immediate family members (spouse and dependents)
- How many people live in your household
However, the Letter of Invitation does not guarantee that they will get a Canada visa. The visa will be processed on its own merit, but the letter may help.
How Can I Extend my Stay in Canada?
If your Canada visitor visa is about to expire, and you want to stay longer, you have to apply for a visa extension. This is called a Canada Visitor Record.
You have to apply for a visa extension for Canada (visitor record) at least 30 days before your visitor visa expires.
Other than extending a tourist visa, you can change your study or work permit to a Visitor Record as well. However, a visitor record is only available while you are inside Canada.
If you want to leave Canada and enter again, you will not be allowed entry with a visitor record.
What Happens if I Overstayed my Canada Visa?
If you have stayed in Canada past the expiry of your visa, the next step depends on how long you have overstayed.
If you’ve overstayed for less than 90 days, you can restore your visitor status by applying for a Visitor Record and selecting “Restore my status as a visitor”.
If you’ve overstayed for longer than 90 days, you cannot apply to restore your status and have to leave Canada. You may not be able to get another Canada visa.
However, you should try not to overstay a Canada visa. If you think you may need to stay longer than the duration of your visa, apply for a visa extension before it expires.
How Much is a Canada Visa Fee?
The Canada visa fee depends on the type of visa you are applying for. There are also different types of fees you must pay, such as a processing fee and a biometrics fee.
A normal Visitor Visa fee, however, is $CAN100.
What if My Canada Visa is Rejected?
If your Canada visa application is rejected, you can re-apply again at anytime, provided that your rejection letter does not forbid you from re-applying.
However, you can re-apply only if your situation has changed or you have additional information that may help you get a Canada visa approval.
As for appeals, there is no formal process to appeal a Canada tourist visa decision. Appeals are only available for refugee and permanent residency applications. They are processed by the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD).
Will I Get a Refund if my Canada Visa Application is Rejected?
Canada visa fees are non-refundable, even if your application is rejected. That’s because you’re paying a fee for the visa application to be processed, not for the visa itself.
However, in some cases, you may get a refund if your withdraw your application before it starts to process. After it has started to process, you will not get a refund.
Additionally, if your application is you may receive a refund for the following:
- The fee for Right of Permanent Residence
- The fee for Right of Citizenship
- The fee for an Open Work Permit
- The fee for International Experience Canada (IEC)
- The fee for Employer Compliance
However, you can still request a refund for any of your fees through the Government of Canada: Immigration and citizenship website.