What can you visit in Canada with a Visitor Visa?
In order to be allowed to work and study in Canada you might have to get a temporary residence visa. Indeed, a visitor’s visa is not meant for Canadian PR. You may only apply for a tourist visa, visitor visa in order to just visit the Maple country.
Although there are specific permits too designed for solely work and study in Canada, a visitor visa opens up a plethora of options in front of you.
However, keeping that in mind you have to be aware that there still are certain things that you cannot do under a visitor’s visa. Let us discuss it in this article.
What purpose does a Visitor Visa serve?
A visitor’s visa will enable you to enter the Canadian boundary. After you have been permitted inside the country, you will be granted short-term legal permission to live and travel anywhere in the country. Remember, that it is a temporary permit only and shall be valid for up to six months. Although the exact validity duration of your visitor’s visa is in the hands of the official who issues the document. After the expiration of the visa, you will no longer be legally permitted to stay in Canada as a visitor.
What are the things that are ‘allowed’ under a visitor’s visa?
Moving through Canada
You have not made Canada your destination but you will pass through it in order to go someplace else. Well, in that case you will still be required to apply for a Visitor’s Visa in Canada.
Look for work in Canada
It is not advised that you use Visitor’s visa as a gateway to find a job in the country but it is not impossible. A visitor will not be doomed to find work in Canada. In a lot of scenarios, the recruiters insist on meeting the potential l employee face-to-face before making a decision of hiring them. Many apply for jobs from within the country since it is more effective than trying across international boundaries. Although, there are a list of things that you should keep in mind before looking for a job in Canada in a Visitor’s Visa:
- You must never lie or hide the fact of your reason for visiting Canada from an immigration officer.
- You will be expected to return to your home place when your visitor visa expires irrespective of you progress of job hunting in the country
- You will only be allowed to work in Canada with a valid and a legal work permit.
Study a short-term course in Canada
The general rule to study in Canada is to apply for a work permit. Although, there might be some exceptions that can be followed that are away from the norm. A visitor’s visa can permit you to study in Canada too, but for that you will have to meet all the eligibility criteria below:
- You have to make sure that the school or the institution that is offering the course is not a DLI (Designated Learning Institute)
- The course duration is required to be six months and less
- It must not be a part of a longer program
- You have to make sure that you complete the course before the expiration date of your visitor’s visa.
You can extend your Canadian stay
The validity of a Visitor’s visa is for six months. A traveler can extend this duration and stay over the validation period of the visitor’s visa. You may easily apply for an extension. It will be entirely on the immigration officer who will review your application, to extend the duration of the stay or the validity of your visitor’s visa.
Be Business man in Canada
To open a business in Canada or be associated with one, you will require to get a work permit but you can formulate a small business working only on a visitor’s visa. You just have to make sure that you are not in the Canadian labor market. Here is the list of things that you can consider doing:
- Buy services and goods for an international business from Canada business
- Initiate transactions of business by meeting and greeting new people
- Checking out a business site
- Be invited by a Canadian business or get trained for using a product, sales or other business-related activities.
Things you can NOT do with a visitor’s visa
You are not permitted to live in Canada permanently
A candidate will be allowed to come to Canada for a temporary basis with the help of a visitor’s visa. You are free to live for as long as you want until the validity of the visa is. Although you will not be able to stay in Canada legally when the candidate’s visa is not valid anymore.
Get a job in Canada
To be able to work in Canada you will need to apply for a valid work permit. You may not be allowed a visitor’s visa to work in the country. You must take care that you are not associated with any commercial company or organization that will help you to get into a commercial activity where you enter the Canadian labor market and stay there as a visitor until your visa expires.
Applying for a work Visa
If you are looking for work through a visitor visa it may not be illegal but it is also not the best option to consider. You will only be able to apply once you are back to the nation you come from. You will have to apply for a work permit from the country where you live and originate from. You can apply for an employment permission from the Visa office in Canada.
Get a degree in Canada
If you have a visitor visa, you may not be allowed to study in Canada until and unless you meet any one of the requirements mentioned above. Having a study permit is necessary in order to get an educational degree in Canada.
Applying for a Student Visa
As a visitor visa holder, you are not eligible to apply for a study permit in Canada as a visitor or a traveler. You can only start with the process of applying for a study permit when you are back in your home country. This also means that a visitor shall be allowed to apply for a study permit as an exception only when they have a relative who has a valid Canada study permit already.