Extend your stay in Canada: How to apply

How to apply for a visitor record

There are 2 ways to apply to extend your stay as a visitor (visitor record): online and on paper.

Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  • Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If we need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  • You don’t need to submit your passport until we ask for it.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Study and work permit holders

If your visitor visa has expired, and you need to leave and return to Canada, you need to apply for a new visitor visa (not a visitor record).

How do you want to apply?

  • Apply online
  • Apply on paper

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Apply online

Get ready to apply

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card.

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. As an online applicant, you can ignore the sections on paying the fees and mailing the application.

Make sure you provide these answers in the online tool:

  • For the first question “What would you like to do in Canada?”, select “Visit.”
  • When asked “What is your current country/territory of residence?”, select “Canada.”

Apply on paper

Please follow steps below.

Get the application package

The package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out. Download the application package.

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The fee for processing your form is not refundable, so make sure you are eligible to extend your stay before you apply.

The application form contains instructions. Read those instructions, and be sure to provide the required documents. If information or documents are missing, your application may be delayed.

Make sure you explain why you want to extend your visit in Canada. Collect all the documents you need. See the instruction guide for more information.

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

You can pay your fees online.

Third party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

Our instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

Submit your application

Submit your completed application to the address given in the application package. Make sure you include the fee receipt and all the necessary documents.

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