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It is the most straight forward of the temporary resident classes. It includes travelers, tourists, vacationers and people who are visiting friends and family for short period of time. Visitors contribute significantly to the Canadian economy, and it is important to welcome them with a minimum of procedures while ensuring the security and safety of Canadians.

A foreign national applying for temporary residence must satisfy the officer that he will comply with all the restrictions imposed by the visitor visa. Generally, visitors are not allowed to work or study in Canada unless they are authorized to do so. Usually, it is valid for 6 months from the date you entered Canada and doesn’t allow you to stay permanently.

Visitor visa extension

Visitors are not at all allowed to stay beyond the validity of their visa which is marked on their passport. In some rare conditions, a tourist may apply for visa extension to extend his/her stay in the country. For this, you must apply for visa extension at least 30 days before your status expires.