Twenty-five million people travel to Canada each year from all over the world. These people may be immigrants or refugees seeking out a new home or refuge away from their countries. A large portion of these people, however, are planning to vacation in the country (with the intention of going home at the end of the trip).
If you are planning an extended vacation to Canada to visit family or go sightseeing, you may need to apply for a visitor visa. Continue reading to learn how a Mississauga immigration lawyer can help you with your visitor visa application in Canada.
What Is a Visitor Visa?
The Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is necessary for most people who wish to reside in Canada temporarily. In Canada, immigration laws can get a little confusing, especially if is it your first time applying for a visitor visa. There are several requirements for filing a TRV application, including:
Having valid travel documents (passport, etc)
Being in good health overall (medical examination)
Having enough money for the length of your stay
An immigration officer will determine whether or not you have a reason to visit Canada, including business, tourism, or family. They will also determine whether or not you have ties to your home country so that you are going to leave Canada when your visitor visa expires.
Because a visitor visa only includes temporary residency, you cannot:
Apply for citizenship
Obtain Canadian government documentation
Apply for Canadian healthcare benefits
Go to work or school (unless otherwise specified in your visa application)
Do You Need a Lawyer for a Visa in Canada?
In Canada, immigration policies dictate how to apply for a TRV. Not applying properly can cause the termination of your application or it can delay your trip to the country. You don't have to have a lawyer involved to fill out an application. However, because the laws can be confusing, it can be helpful to have a lawyer go through the entire process with you. Your immigration lawyer will be able to:
Ensure your application is complete for submission
Track your case and get any additional information
Defend and protect your rights as a foreign national
Inform you of your legal responsibilities while in Canada
An immigration lawyer can also advise you on becoming a permanent resident, applying for a student or work visa, etc.
Submitting a Visitor Visa Application in Canada
So, do you need a lawyer to fill out a visa application in Canada? Maybe not! However, if you find that you are confused or in dire need of legal assistance to submit the application, you should consider speaking with a Canada immigration lawyer.
At Minhas Lawyers in Mississauga, we are fully prepared to take on your immigration case. If you are looking for temporary residency or citizenship in Canada, contact us today! We look forward to working with you.
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