A Canadian Visitor Visa, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a legal requirement for many foreign nationals wishing to enter the country for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends. In this article, we will outline the step-by-step process and detail the essential documents required to ensure a smooth and successful application. A visitor is an individual who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of Canada, and is legally authorised to enter into Canada for the purposes of visiting family, a vacation or conducting business.


  • Prove your intention to leave Canada after your stay,
  • Show enough funds for sustaining yourself and your family members in Canada and for returning home,
  • Show no intention to engage in unauthorised work or study in Canada,
  • Maintain a law-abiding record with no history of criminal activities,
  • Assure that you pose no threat to the security of Canada
  • Furnish any supplementary documents requested by the officer, and
  • If deemed necessary, complete a medical examination


The Canadian Visitor Visa application is primarily submitted online through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Ensure that you have a reliable internet connection and all necessary documents scanned and ready for upload.


    • Fees applicable has to be paid
    • A valid passport copy
    • Two photographs meeting the visa application photograph specification
    • Financial support proof
    • Copy of Marriage license or certificate (if applicable)
    • Purpose of travel
    • Copy of immigration status in Canada and, if there is a difference among the citizenship country and the current country of residence, also provide proof of legal status in the country of residence.
    • If a minor is travelling alone or with only one parent, they must provide custody documents or other non-accompanying parent’s authorization letter, or a letter of authorization signed by both parents.
    • Any other document and forms required under the Document Checklist.
      • Copy of the payment proof and receipt number,
      • Copy of passport,
      • Two photographs meeting the visa application photograph specification,
      • Copy of current immigration document showing legal status in Canada (work/study permit),
      • Copy of Marriage license or certificate (if applicable),
      • Current studies proof (if currently studying in Canada),
      • Current employment proof (if currently working in Canada), and
      • Any other document and forms required under the Document Checklist.


    After submitting your application, a thorough check will be conducted to ensure the completion and submission of all required forms, payment of the application processing fee, and submission of all requested supporting documentation.

    The initial scrutiny includes a careful examination of your financial proofs, travel purposes, immigration status, and any additional documentation specific to your application. Incomplete applications face a stringent protocol; they are promptly returned without creating a formal file or maintaining any record until all necessary elements are provided. Therefore, it is crucial for applicants to ensure the simultaneous payment of biometric fees to prevent processing delays.

    Once the initial completeness check is satisfied, the immigration officer delves into a detailed review of the substance of your application. This involves a comprehensive assessment of your eligibility, adherence to legal requirements, and the accuracy of the information provided. In certain instances, officers may deem it necessary to conduct interviews to gather further insights or clarification.

    If your application is approved, the original documents, including your passport if submitted, will be returned to you along with the requested visa. This marks the successful culmination of the application process, and you are now granted legal authorization to enter Canada for the specified purposes outlined in your application.

    Conversely, in the case of a refusal, you will receive a detailed explanation accompanying the return of your original documents. It’s important to note that suspected fraudulent documents will not be returned. The refusal letter outlines the specific reasons for the denial, providing crucial insights into areas that may require rectification or further clarification for a potential reapplication.

    The processing times can vary based on factors such as the volume of applications and individual circumstances. Applicants are advised to stay informed about current processing times and diligently provide accurate and complete information to ensure a smooth and successful visa application process.


    Engaging the services of a qualified immigration lawyer is a strategic decision for individuals seeking a Canadian Visitor Visa, especially considering the complexity of immigration laws and the potential challenges that may arise during the application process. Legal professionals bring a wealth of expertise, offering significant advantages, particularly in complex cases.

    One of the critical benefits of seeking legal help is the avoidance of fatal flaws in the application. Minor technical inconsistencies, administrative errors, or incomplete submissions can lead to significant setbacks, including delays or refusals. Immigration lawyers, with their meticulous attention to detail, are adept at reviewing all required forms, supporting documents, and fees to ensure accuracy and completeness, reducing the risk of such errors that may jeopardize the success of the application.

    Furthermore, in cases of refusals, experienced immigration lawyers play a crucial role in providing insights into the reasons for rejection and offering strategic guidance for rectification. Understanding the nuances of immigration law, they can address deficiencies in the initial application, increasing the chances of a successful reapplication.


    In conclusion, obtaining a Canadian Visitor Visa requires demonstrating intent, financial capability, and adherence to legal requirements. The online application process, whether originating from outside or within Canada, mandates thorough document preparation. Efficient processing, featuring a detailed officer review, underscores the importance of timely fee payments and complete submissions to prevent delays. In cases of refusal, an accompanying explanation is provided upon returning documents, excluding suspected fraudulent ones. Approval for a super visa entails the return of documents with a letter of introduction.

    At Kozyrev Law, we are committed to providing exceptional legal services to individuals seeking a Canadian Visitor Visa. Our dedicated team of immigration law experts specializes in guiding clients through the intricate process of visa applications. We prioritize meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that all necessary requirements are met, and documentation is in perfect order. With a wealth of experience in immigration law, Kozyrev Law navigates complex legal nuances with precision, potentially enhancing the likelihood of a successful application outcome.

    Our services extend beyond a traditional law firm, offering personalized support and guidance at every step of the application process. Whether you are applying from outside or within Canada, Kozyrev Law stands as your trusted partner, helping you understand and fulfill all necessary legal obligations. We recognize the importance of timely and accurate submissions to prevent delays, and our team is dedicated to providing peace of mind to applicants by offering transparent and effective legal representation.

    Note: The information presented in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice. It is recommended to refer to official government publications and guidelines for accurate and up-to-date information. For obtaining legal advice tailored to the specific circumstances of your case, it is advised to consult with a qualified professional.

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