Many people who arrive in Canada on a Visitor Visa are eager to extend their stay. To do so, they can apply for Visitor Visa Extension. The extension may or may not be granted depending on the reason of your extension and whether CIC is convinced enough that you are intending to come back to your motherland after the temporary stay in Canada.
HOW CAN I HAVE VISITOR VISA EXTENSION?
If you are currently in Canada and have valid Temporary Resident Visa, you have eligibility to apply for Visitor Visa Extension. However, there are two things you need to consider before doing so. Firstly, you need to decide whether you want to prolong your stay in Canada under the same conditions or you want to change your visa status for instance from Visitor Visa to Work Permit. Secondly, you must apply of minimum 30 days before your present visa expires so that to be able to do the following:
- Have extension of your visitor, student or work status
- Change the type of permit you have (for instance, from a student to work permit)
- Change a condition of your permit (for instance, if you are currently studying and you are willing to change school, or if you are currently working and you are willing to change your workplace).
VISA STATUS CHANGE
One significant difference is when you decided to change your visa status you have to apply from outside Canada. The closest Canadian visa office from Vancouver is in Seattle and is eligible to process Visitor, Student and Work visas to Canada. Processing time of the application normally takes 1 week and applicants must travel to Seattle, US, where they lodge their application for Visitor Visa Extension Canada and wait until it is being processed.
CANADA VISITOR VISA EXTENSION UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS
If you only want to extend the type of visa that you have at the moment, applications are lodged within the territory of country. Subsequently, you can have extension of visitor visa in Canada. There are two ways how you can do it:
- Apply online
- Write e-mail with your application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada
PROCESSING TIME OF VISITOR VISA EXTENSION CANADA
Processing time of your application depends on the type of visa that you want to extend and the workload of the office you are applying to. Normally, the processing time takes 80 days. However, the processing time of paper applications is different. Contact our consultants for more details here.
So, if you looking forward to make your stay in Canada longer, Visitor Visa Extension is a perfect opportunity to do so. VISAPP Immigration will help you conclude if you have eligibility to qualify and guide you through the entire process of your application and needed documentation.