How to extend your tourist visa in Canada

How to extend your tourist visa in Canada

If you are in Canada and your visa is about to expire, you can apply to extend your stay.

Are you in Canada but haven't had time to see all the sights or see all your relatives living in the country? Then this article is for you!

If you are in Canada on a tourist visa, or should I say "visitor" visa, and your visa is about to expire, you can apply for an extension of such a visa. Legally, this procedure is called extension of stay in Canada.

First, let's understand who visitors are and what status they have in Canada. Visitors are temporary residents of Canada who are legally allowed to enter the country temporarily on a visitor's visa for recreation, family visits, business, etc. They have a limit on the length of their stay and are subject to various other conditions.

In this article you will learn:

  • who is eligible to extend a tourist visa in Canada;
  • what documents you need to renew your tourist visa;
  • What to do if your visa has expired and you are still in Canada;
  • how to apply online.

Extended stay in Canada

If your Canadian visitor visa (temporary resident status) is still valid you can apply to extend your stay. You must apply at least 30 days before your current visa (status) expires. Your original temporary visitor status will remain subject to the same conditions until your new application is processed and you are notified of the decision.

If your Canadian visa has expired and you are still in Canada, you have committed an offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and may be deported from Canada. You cannot apply to extend your stay in Canada, but you can apply to have your visa (status) restored. Read more about this later in this article!

Each member of your family (spouse or partner, children in your care) who is in Canada on a valid visitor's visa and also wants to stay longer, must be approved to do so. If you are applying for an extension of stay in Canada at the same time, each person must submit a separate application form, separate packet of documents and pay the fees.

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