tourist visa

Canadian tourist visa

Iranian nationals who are already in Canada on a tourist visa are eligible to apply for a free self-employment permit until February 28, 2024. A work permit known as a "free work permit" allows you to work for any employer in Canada.

Types of Canadian tourist visas

There are two types of Canadian tourist visas: single-entry visas and multiple-entry visas.

Parents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also travel to Canada with a Canada Super Visa, which is a multiple-entry visa.

Single visa

Single entry permit valid for six months

You are only allowed to enter Canada once with a visa. For example, a visa is granted for an official visit by government representatives, participation in a conference or participation in a unique event in this country. If you want to travel to Canada again after leaving Canada, you must apply for a new visa.

Super Visa

Parent tourist visa for Canada

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can enter Canada multiple times without needing to renew their status thanks to the Canada Super Visa, a multiple-entry visa valid for up to ten years. They live there all year round with their children and grandchildren.

Multi visa

Canada multiple entry visa for five years

Five-year, ten-year or even one-month multiple-entry visas for Canada may be granted before the passport expires. As long as your Canadian multiple-entry visa is still valid - usually five years for Iranians - you are allowed to enter Canada multiple times and stay for up to six months each time.

The approval of the immigration officer is necessary to obtain a Canadian tourist visa, which is not a permit to visit the country.

Reasons for tourist visa rejection and re-application procedures

Canadian tourist visa may be rejected for various reasons, some of the most important reasons are listed below:

  • Unclear purpose of traveling to Canada
  • Insufficient property and assets in the country of origin
  • Providing insufficient or incomplete and ambiguous documents
  • Unstable job status of the applicant in the country of origin
  • Disproportion between the length of stay in Canada and the amount of financial resources provided
  • No travel history
  • Failure to provide sufficient documents from the inviter
  • Lack of sufficient financial ability of the inviting person 
  • Lack of physical health
  • Having a bad background
  • The officer is not satisfied with the return of the applicant to his country

If your application for a tourist visa is rejected for any of the reasons listed above, you can reapply to Immigration Canada. However, it is beneficial to sort out your case with the officer's observations before you try your luck again. Otherwise, if you do not change your requirements and supporting documents and address the issues in your file, your application will be denied once again.

Conversion and extension of Canadian tourist visa

Consider your long-term goals before converting your Canadian tourist visa to another type of visa, such as a work, study or permanent resident visa. Think carefully about your next move after arriving in Canada because you may sell your home and come here with the intention of staying or you may resign from your position in your home country. If you do not improve in Canada, it will be difficult for you to return to your country.

Conversion and extension of Canadian tourist visa

A Canadian tourist visa can be converted to other visas such as work, study or permanent residence visas, but before doing so, consider your long-term strategy. After arriving in Canada, think carefully and in preparation about your future immigration because you may sell your home and enter this country with the intention of staying in this country. If you do not improve in Canada, it will be challenging for you to return to the country.

Converting a tourist visa to a study visa

Research your prerequisites for admission to Canadian universities in advance to see if you have the conditions to change it to a Canadian study visa after receiving a tourist visa in Canada.

Immigration through tourist visa

It is not possible to directly change a tourist visa to permanent residence in Canada, but you must first obtain a Canadian study visa or a work visa through one of the study or work methods and apply for permanent residence after obtaining the necessary conditions. Stay in Canada

You may be in a special situation where you have to stay in Canada for more than 6 months, in which case you must apply to renew your visitor visa from within Canada at least one month before the end of your 6-month stay. . This record is called visitor record.

10-year super visa for parents

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can enter Canada multiple times without needing to renew their status thanks to the Canada Super Visa, a multiple-entry visa valid for up to ten years. They live there all year round with their children and grandchildren.

This visa is different from Canadian sponsorship visa and Canadian tourist visa. Also known as family visa, parental visa or Canada parent visa.


Proof of financial ability in Canada Super Visa 2022

To apply for a visa, your child or grandchild must have a minimum income or LICO. The term "Low Income Cut-off" (LICO) refers to the minimum income required to reach the poverty line in urban Canada. If your children's or grandchildren's income is less than the amount shown in the Lyco table, your visa application will be rejected.

The amount of Lyco varies depending on the number of family members and is announced annually by the Canadian government.

The number of family members in calculating the amount of Laiko

In order to determine the minimum income of the inviter according to the Lyco table, you must consider all family members, including:

  • host or inviter (child/grandchild)
  • Spouse or fiancé of child/grandchild
  • Dependent children of children/grandchildren
  • Anyone that your child/grandchild has previously taken on financial support for and that agreement is still in place.
  • You as a parent or grandparent of your child or grandchild
  • Your own spouse or fiancé (in remarriage)

Amir is married and has one child. All of them live in Canada. Under the Canada Super Visa, he plans to invite his parents to his home. According to the Laiko table, he has to consider the minimum income for five people including his wife, children and parents.

Super visa does not include dependent children of parents or grandparents. They must apply for a visitor visa instead. Each time they enter Canada, they are allowed to stay for a maximum of six months on a visitor visa.

Now that you know the number of people you should take into account when calculating the amount of Laiko, we will mention the required income of the inviter (child or grandchild) according to the Laiko table and according to the number of families. members in 2022


Income required for Canada Super Visa inviter

Number of family members Minimum income requirement according to LICO
(Canadian dollars)
2 people $32,270
3 people $39,672
4 people $48,167
5 people $54,630
6 people $61,613
7 people $68,598
More than 7 people (for every other person, add this amount) $6,985


The Canada Super Visa, also known as the Long-Term Family Visit Visa, is a multi-year visa of the Canada Multi-Visa type, with a maximum validity of 10 years and allowing eligible grandparents and parents up to two years. Stay in Canada. No need to leave on the initial trip. However, they are not allowed to stay in Canada for more than six consecutive months on subsequent trips. Canadian tourist visa is not like this.

Parents and grandparents who live in countries where a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is required to enter Canada and who want to travel freely within those countries after six months without having to reapply for a TRV visa should choose this visa. . In Canada, you are free to live there.


How to accept Canada Super Visa

To obtain a Canadian parental visa, you must first submit your application online to the Canadian Immigration Department. For this purpose, do the following steps: 


Canada super visa procedures

Provide all required documents 

Log in to  the Canadian Immigration website  .
From the available options,   click on Apply for a Super Visa option.

On the entered page, select the How to Apply option.

Then, on the new page, in the Apply for a Super Visa section, click on the Sign Up and apply option.

After clicking on Sign and apply, you will enter the following page and you must choose an option according to your conditions:

At this stage, create an account and answer the questions of the application.

After choosing one of the visitor visa options in the previous step, you   will be redirected to the new portal . It is necessary to enter your suggested email address and password in this section and create an account. 

After entering the account, you need to answer the questions of the application and   select  the option  To visit my children or grandchildren for more than 6 months in the answer to the question "why do you need a visa" :

Download and fill the application forms and then upload them in the desired place.

Based on the answers you enter, a series of forms and a list of documents will be opened for you. It is necessary to fill the forms and upload them in the appropriate place along with other necessary documents. 

Pay the fee for the application and fingerprint and submit it.

If you have not taken a Canadian fingerprint in the last 10 years, you need to pay the Canadian biometrics fee at this stage.

Make an appointment for fingerprinting at one of the VAC centers and complete the Canadian biometrics process. 

Due to the absence of the Canadian Embassy in Iran, you must take a fingerprinting appointment at one of the visa application centers or VAC under the supervision of the Canadian Embassy. You can choose one of Iran's neighboring countries for this.

Congratulations, you got your visa.

After a few months of processing the case by the Canadian Immigration Department, you finally receive your visa answer. If you get a positive answer, congratulations!

Send your passport to one of the visa centers under the supervision of the Canadian Embassy to insert the visa label and pick up the Canadian visa.

Either pick up the visa yourself or ask one of the reputable agencies like Avarang Safar to pick up your visa.


Canada Super Visa validity period

A Canada Super Visa, commonly known as a 10-year Canada visa, is valid for up to 10 years. You are allowed to enter Canada multiple times during this period, stay for five years (under the new law) and reside there with your child or grandchild.


Canada super visa issuance period

According to  the website of the Canadian Immigration Department,  currently, the duration of reviewing Canadian parent visa files is 115 days and about 4 months.

Of course, this period of time may be shorter or longer depending on the number of applications or the country you are applying from.


Reasons for Canada Super Visa Rejection

Depending on the opinion of the Canadian immigration officer, the Canadian family visa case may be rejected for various reasons, but usually the following reasons cause the case to be rejected:

Insufficient income of the inviter according to the table of Laiko

Failure to provide sufficient documents from the inviting person

Disproportion between the length of stay in Canada and the amount of financial resources provided

Unclear purpose of travel

Lack of sufficient affiliation of the invited person in his country

Providing incomplete or wrong documents 

Lack of physical health


Canadian tourist visa

With a Canadian tourist visa, you can come to Canada to visit family and friends, have fun, and see the sights. This multiple entry visa is valid for a maximum of ten years. Unlike the Canada Super Visa, you are only allowed to stay in the country for 6 months at a time.

Rules for entering Canada after obtaining a visa

Checklist for entering Canada after obtaining a visa

1- Buy a ticket
2- Pack your bags.
3- Book a temporary accommodation.
4- Check the documents you need.

Now that you have a Canadian visa. congratulations. Of course, your problems are still there, but now they are of a different kind. You are already worried about the immigration procedure itself and obviously what will happen next. We can totally relate to you because we went through this experience too.


All travel restrictions to Canada have been lifted

Canada announced that all restrictions on entry into Canada during the Corona pandemic will be lifted on October 1, 2022. Thus passengers:

  • They are not required to provide a vaccine card; This means that unvaccinated travelers can also travel to Canada.
  • There is no requirement to register documents in the ArriveCan application.
  • They are not required to take a corona test before traveling and upon entering Canada.
  • They are not required to quarantine.
  • They are not required to wear a mask on the plane.


Things you should do before entering Canada


1. Pick up your passport to insert the visa

After your visa was granted, you were sent a letter instructing you to send your passport to the Canadian Embassy or one of the VOCs (Visa Processing Centres). To read all the steps and specifications of this work, refer to the Canadian visa pickup page.


2. buy a ticket

When purchasing a trip, make sure you allow enough time to send immigration letters during the Canada flight layover. Suppose you go to Vancouver. Your flight may take off from Vancouver and land in Montreal first. Montreal will be the place to issue your immigration documents. Therefore, leave at least 3 hours between Canadian flights.


3. Pack your bags, it's time to travel to Canada

You are experiencing an interesting time. You may be packing up many of your possessions and preparing for a new start.

If you're thinking about your books and discussing bringing them to Canada, you must have a childhood doll or dish that you love very much. We'll let you decide the solution.

Keep the list of prohibited items and airport screening instructions in mind.


Keep your prescription and any medication in your carry-on luggage. In order to show this letter to your Canadian doctor in Canada while you are being treated, ask your doctor to write a letter describing your medical history.

Be careful that herbal medicines are not among the prohibited items to enter Canada .  Check the items you want from  the CBSA website .


How much money can you bring into Canada? Bring as much money as you like, the only important thing is that if you have more than 10,000 Canadian dollars, you must write the exact amount on the declaration card (or at the kiosk). Please note that regulations may differ at your departure airport. For example, in some countries, cash withdrawals above a certain amount are prohibited.

Experience the hope of bringing cash to Canada

When I arrived at the Vancouver airport, I had over $10,000 on the card they gave me at the airline. I truly believed I didn't have more than $10,000. When I got to the second kiosk I was directed to the officers counter for a more thorough search. I felt anxious. The police were very formal and dry. A smile that is not a smile asked how much money do you have? I mentioned less than $10,000. What did he say specifically? I replied that I was not sure. He said, put whatever cash you have on this table. I put Canadian currency on the table, which was worth $9,850. He asked, don't you have any other money? I disagreed. Don't you have money from other countries? He said. I remembered that I have some Tomans and Euros. I put the coins on the table and I couldn't believe that he had even typed the coins one by one on the internet and added them all to Canadian dollars which came to $10,200. I was really surprised. Basically, he gave me a $250 fine, which I paid at a side counter. It was a positive experience. From the same day, I told everyone about this incident.


Can't survive without your cigarettes? You are allowed to bring up to 200 cigarettes into Canada. Don't worry if you miss hookah. You can import up to 200 grams of tobacco into Canada.


You  may  bring the following food products into Canada:

  • Bread, sweets and chocolate
  • Dried, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables up to 20 kg
  • Spices, tea and coffee
  • milk powder
  • Nuts, dry fruits, sweets and snacks

What things are prohibited from entering Canada?
We do not recommend bringing these foods  :

  •  dairy products
  • Meat, fish and chicken
  • Sausages and sausages
  • The seeds that are planted

If you import illegal food, you will be fined:

  • Minor offense: $500
  • Serious offense: $800
  • Very serious pledge: $1,300

Although it is not against the law to bring pets into Canada, there are certain legal requirements. Animals do not need to be microchipped. A current vaccination card approved by a veterinarian written in English or French is sufficient.


If you have more than the baggage allowance, read the additional payment rules on the airline's website and be prepared to pay at the airport.


4- Reserve temporary accommodation

Living in a foreign country is an interesting but unique experience. There are a number of criteria to consider when booking a home or accommodation. As a result, it is essential to spend enough time in your research.

Important: A long-term rental agreement should not be signed before traveling to Canada. A close look at the property and the landlord can help prevent potential problems in the future.

Student housing
International students may be able to live on campus at some Canadian universities. This requires applications to be submitted months in advance. There is information about this case on the university website.


5- Check the documents to enter Canada

  • Valid passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Valid visa on passport 
  • POE letter (this letter will be placed on your account after the approval of the master permit)
  • Valid university acceptance letter 
  • CAQ letter (for the province of Quebec)
  • Sufficient money to cover your expenses (Canadian account balance receipt or carrying cash is acceptable)
  • A valid master's permit or work permit (if you already had one and left Canada)
  • The exact address of the accommodation in Canada if already booked
  • Telephone number and address of a representative in Canada (VisaCanada clients can provide the address and telephone number of the VisaCanada office in Canada if asked by the officer and do not have relatives or friends in Canada)


Your to-do list at the airport


1. The first inspection kiosk

At busy Canadian airports, there are simple check-in kiosks. See the image of one of these kiosks below. The airport of each kiosk is also marked on top. If you've already downloaded the CanBorder mobile app and answered the questions, you'll scan the barcode here. If you don't install the app, it won't cause any problems.

  • Scan your passport
  • Take your photo in the device
  • Register your fingerprints (for permanent residence applicants)
  • Answer the questions. Declare if you have more than ten thousand Canadian dollars, pets and food products.
  • Take the printed receipt and proceed to the border officer and inform him that you need to get a master's or work permit.

2- Pick up your luggage

3- If you are asked to go to the customs inspection, do so.

4- Go to the immigration room. After receiving the permit, check the information on it. Usually these phrases are on the Canadian master's permit:

May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria, per paragraph R186(f), (v) or (w) and must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

May work 20 hours per week off campus or full time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in paragraph 186(v) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies


When the officer asks you a question, be honest and answer him confidently. According to the training they have received, the officers do not smile and are very serious. Don't worry and just tell the truth about everything.


Checklist after entering Canada

  • Get a serial number.
  • Consider opening a bank account in Canada.
  • Apply for Canadian health insurance
  • Learn how to buy a SIM card in Canada
  • Register or choose a unit in the educational center from which you are accepted
  • Learn how to use public transportation in Canada
    • Vancouver Public Transportation
    • Toronto Public Transportation
  • Read the rules for renewing a Canadian teaching permit
  • Get to know the driving rules in Canada and get a Canadian driver's license
  • Learn how to rent a house in Canada
  • Buy household items

Don't worry if you experience culture shock after entering; it is normal. Also, if you are in a critical situation, call 911 immediately.


What are your duties after entering Canada and settling?

  • Check the expiration date of your immigration documents and plan to renew them three months before each one expires.
  • Check the date of your health insurance card and renew it one month before it expires 
  • Choose a unit on time. 
  • Report your tax accounts once a year. (The reporting deadline of each year is until the end of April of the following year) 
  • Check the conditions for obtaining permanent residence in Canada. For more guidance, you can use Visamundial's TR to PR plan.
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