Extend your stay in Canada: About the document

Temporary measures to help you extend your stay in Canada

Find out how to extend your temporary resident status in Canada if you’ve been impacted by an international crisis.

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About the document: visitor record

When you first come to Canada as a visitor, you use one of these documents to enter:

  • a visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa)
  • an electronic travel authorization (eTA)
  • a valid passport or travel document

If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply for a visitor record. A visitor record is not a visa.

A visitor record

When to apply for a visitor record

You must apply for a visitor record before your current status expires. If you’re not sure when your status expires, find out how long you can stay in Canada.

Leaving and returning to Canada

A visitor record is a document that allows you to stay in Canada longer. It doesn’t guarantee that you can leave and then re-enter Canada.

If you plan to travel outside Canada or the United States, you need a valid entry document, such as a visitor visa or an eTA, to return to Canada.

Find out what you need to travel to Canada.


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