Canada is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly countries in the world.
If you are a foreign national who wishes to visit Canada, you may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Continue reading to learn if you need a Canadian visitor visa to visit LGBTQ-friendly cities in Canada.
What is a visitor visa?
A visitor visa is an official travel document that the Canadian government sticks to your passport.
What is an eTA?
An eTA is also an official travel document. However, this is only available to citizens of visa-exempt countries.
Do I need a visitor visa?
If you are a citizen of a non-visa-exempt country, you will need a visitor visa before travelling to Canada.
You can determine whether you need a visitor visa on the
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. An eTA is only required if you travel by air.
How long can I stay in Canada on a visitor visa?
A visitor visa or eTA allows you to enter and remain in Canada for a maximum of 6 months. You may leave and re-enter Canada provided your visa allows multiple entries. You may extend your visitor status if all conditions remain the same.
When do I need a visitor visa?
The purpose of visiting Canada may include at least one of the following purposes:
1. Tourism and vacations,
2. Family visit and reunification,
3. Business visit,
4. Short-term studies (less than 6 months),
5. Returning worker/student,
You cannot work and earn salaries in Canada if you just hold a visitor visa or eTA. However, you may study in Canada provided the program is less than 6 months.
If you are a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and want to visit them in Canada for more than 6 months, you may be eligible for a super visa.
Generally speaking, you must meet the following requirements for a visitor visa:
1. You have enough money to pay for your transportation between your country of residence and Canada and other expenses,
2. You are admissible to Canada (i.e., criminal background, health, etc.), and
3. You meet other country-specific requirements.
What we can do to help LGBTQ get a visitor visa?
A visitor visa application is a fairly simple process. However, some issues may still prevent you from getting one.
We help LGBTQ obtain Canadian visitor visas or other immigration status.
We personalize our services for you based on the information and circumstances pertaining to your application, which may include any of the followings:
1. Help you determine whether you are eligible for a visitor visa,
2. If you are not eligible at the time you retain us, we will provide you with advice as to how to meet the eligibility requirements,
3. Help you identify potential inadmissibility issues and address them properly,
4. Help you gather the supporting documents required for your application. If the supporting documents are not available, we will provide you with advice as to how to preserve them,
5. Provide other advice and instructions as needed, and
6. Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
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