Canada is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries. People can register a same-sex marriage in Canada. Further, the law also recognizes common-law relationships.
Therefore, Canada is a destination for LGBT people around the world.
Each year hundreds of thousands of people come to Canada for work, study, or permanent residency. And more people visit Canada for vacations, families, or business purposes.
What document you need when you visit Canada?
Generally speaking, people may need one of the following documents when travelling to Canada, depending on their citizenship:
To find out which document you need, you can visit the IRCC’s website.
If you need help to determine this, we are here to assist.
What is a visitor visa?
A visitor visa is an official travel document issued by the Canadian government to citizens of certain countries.
Generally speaking, people who need a visa have to apply for one before travelling to Canada. In other words, they cannot apply for a visitor visa at a Canadian border.
Further, a visitor visa may be valid for a number of months or years.
What is an eTA?
Similar to a visitor visa, an eTA is an entry requirement.
However, only citizens of a visa-exempt country are eligible for an eTA.
Contrary to a visa application, applying for an eTA is quick and easy.
Further, an eTA is only required for air travellers. In other words, they do not need an eTA if they arrive in Canada by car, bus, train, or boat.
Last but not least, an eTA is valid for up to 5 years or until their passport expires.
Other specific entry requirements
Firstly, the citizens of the United States do not need a visa or eTA to enter Canada.
Secondly, Canadian citizens and permanent residents must present either passport or permanent resident card or travel document when entering Canada.
How long can I stay in Canada as a visitor?
Generally speaking, a visitor can stay in Canada without leaving the country for up to 6 months at a time.
However, they can apply to extend visitor status before the 6 months period ends. The extension is called a visitor record.
We can also help you with your visitor record application.
A super visa is issued to parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for family visit purposes.
A super visa is a visitor visa. However, it grants a stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.
Further, the application for a super visa is the same as a visitor visa application. However, there is an income requirement for the Canadian or permanent resident children.
Lastly, a super visa could be an alternative solution to parent or grandparent sponsorship.
We can also help you with both super visa and family sponsorship applications, depending on your need.
Limitations on visitors
It is also important to understand the rules for visitors so that you will not break them.
Firstly, visitors cannot work in Canada.
Secondly, visitors cannot attend schools unless the program is less than 6 months.
Last but not least, they cannot stay in Canada without status. For example, a visa expires, and they did not apply to extend it.
Breaking any of the rules may cause some serious consequences. For instance, they may not be allowed to apply for other Canadian visas or permits for a period of time.
If you face sanctions due to these issues, we can also help you.
Canadian visitor visa for LGBT
Many LGBT people have visited Canada. They fell in love with this country and decided to settle here permanently.
Visiting is usually an ideal way for them to discover opportunities in Canada, such as work, study, permanent residency, or refugee protection.
What we do
We help LGBT people with their Canadian immigratio needs.
Further, we personalize our services for you, which may include any of the followings:
Help you to determine your eligibility,
If you are not currently eligible, we help you to meet the eligibility,
Identify potential inadmissibility issues and properly address them before you apply,
Assist you in collecting or preserving the supporting documents,
Provide other advice and instructions as needed that could be critical to a successful application, and
Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
Book an initial assessment today or contact us directly.