Extend your stay as a visitor: Who can apply

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Who can apply for a visitor record

A visitor record is for people who want to

  • extend their stay in Canada as a visitor, or
  • change their permit type from
    • a study permit to a visitor record
    • a work permit to a visitor record

It doesn’t matter if you entered Canada using a visitor visa, electronic travel authorization (eTA) or another document. If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor, you need a visitor record.

When to apply

If you want to extend your stay as a visitor or change your status (from international student or worker to visitor for example), you should apply at least 30 days before your current status expires.

The expiry date for your status is on

  • the stamp in your passport (this is not the date included on your visitor visa)
    • if you don’t have a stamp in your passport, the expiry date is 6 months from the day you entered Canada
  • your study permit
  • your work permit or
  • your visitor record (if you’ve already extended your stay)
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