Coming to Canada - Temporary Visas


by Rekha McNutt

“How do I come to Canada?” is probably the question I get asked more than any other. Unfortunately, the question has no easy answer. Over the course of the next few weeks, I hope to post several blog posts on the ways in which you can come to Canada temporarily. I hope this helps to provide some basic guidance for you!

In essence, there are three main ways for someone to come to Canada temporarily:

  • Visit

  • Study

  • Work

This post will cover them very generally but stay tuned for more in-depth posts on each topic!

Visit Canada

There are a number of reasons you may want to visit Canada, including seeing your family or friends, or coming as a tourist to see this beautiful country. Depending on your country of citizenship, you either need a Visa or an eTA to come to Canada. You can find out if you need a Visa by clicking here. If your country is not on the visa-required list, then you will need an eTA. The only exception is US Citizens, who need neither.

Study in Canada

Canada has excellent post-secondary colleges and universities. If you are accepted into a program of study, you can apply for a study permit to come and study in Canada. The length of your study permit will vary depending on your program. Students have some limited ability to work, and options for post-graduation work permits also exist. Studying in Canada can be a good pathway to permanent residence.

Work in Canada

Many people want to come to Canada to work. Most often, you will need a job offer and the support of a Canadian employer to get a work permit. In some very limited circumstances, you may be eligible for an “open” work permit, which is unrestricted. Working in Canada often provides additional options for immigrating permanently.

In the coming weeks, we will explore these paths to temporary residence in a lot more detail! Make sure to check this blog regularly so you don’t miss out!

If you would like to talk about your case specifically, I would be happy to book a consultation appointment for you!