Temporary Resident Visa

Temporary resident visas (commonly called visitor visas) are entry documents which foreign nationals are required to obtain prior to coming to Canada unless exempted.
Foreign national applies for temporary visitor, student or worker visa, the base application is for a temporary resident visa. The visa in the form of counterfoil on passport is then presented by the foreign national at the port of entry to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The CBSA officer has the right to assess that the requirements are met by the foreign national.  If the officer is satisfied that the requirements are met, the foreign national is then conferred with visitor, student or work status.
Visitor Status
Primary conditions placed on all Temporary Residents are:
  • To leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay
  • Not work unless authorized
  • Not study unless authorized
Default period of stay of foreign national as temporary resident is six months. However other periods can be set, based on factors such as the expiry date of passport, available funds to afford reside in Canada and the duration applied for.
Temporary visitors are not permitted to study or work in Canada, unless authorized.
Visa exempt countries.
There are over 50 visa exempt nationalities. 
These travellers, however need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada
Foreign nationals who do not require visas to come to Canada have flexibility to apply for student or work status at a visa office abroad. In addition, since they do not need an entry document to come to Canada, they can often apply for temporary status right at the port of entry.
Business Visitors
There could be several intentions for a business man to visit to Canada. Comprising of:
  • Conferences, business meetings
  • Fairs and conventions
  • Buying or selling goods and services, as long as they are not selling to the general public, including wholesalers, retailers, corporations and institution
  • procurement of Canadian goods and services
You need a business visa to visit Canada, you may apply for a temporary resident visa, like any other visitor to Canada. There is no separate application for business visitors. However, as a business visitor, you must show that:
  • You plan to stay for less than six months
  • You do not plan to enter the Canadian labor market
  • Your main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside of Canada
  • You have documents that support your application
You meet Canada’s basic entry requirements; have a valid travel document such as passport, have enough money for your stay and to return home, plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit and are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.