The website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows you to determine whether you require a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA is only required if you fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport.
A visitor visa or eTA allows you to enter and remain in Canada for a maximum of 6 months. You may leave and re-enter Canada provided your visa allows multiple entries. You may extend your visitor status if all conditions remain the same.
The most common purposes of visiting Canada are:
- Family visit & reunification
- Short-term studies (less than 6 months)
- Returning workers & students
In general, you are not allowed to pick up paid employment as a holder of a visitor visa or eTA. However, you may study in Canada if the duration of your study program ls less than 6 months.
If you are a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and want to visit them in Canada for more than 6 months, you may be eligible for a super visa.