After you apply: next steps — Visit your children or grandchildren

Note: You will be able to have your sex marked as X (unspecified) on your documents. Until then, once you are in Canada, you can apply for a supporting document that says your sex should be X. Find out more.

Most applications for visitor visas are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times vary depending on the visa office.

Travel document

If you need a visa to travel to Canada, you must also have a valid travel document, such as a valid passport, titre de voyage or Certificate of Identity. For specific information on passport requirements for your country, please see the list of Canadian embassies.

Change of address

If you move or change your address, telephone number or any other contact information after you send your application to the Canadian visa office in your country or region, you must notify the visa office.

How your application is processed

After you send your application, it will be reviewed at the visa office to make sure it has been completed correctly and that it contains all the required documents. A visa officer will decide if an interview with you is necessary. If an interview is required, you will be notified of the time and place.

If your application is refused, your passport and other documents will be returned to you. You will also receive an explanation why your application was refused. If you sent fraudulent documents, they will not be returned.

If your application is approved, your passport and documents will be returned to you with your visa.

For more information about Canada and places to visit during your stay, see the Government of Canada website.

Note: a valid temporary resident visa and valid travel document do not guarantee you automatic entry into Canada. You may not be allowed to enter Canada if you arrive in Canada and a Canadian official finds that you are no longer admissible because:

  • your circumstances changed; or
  • new information about you came to light (such as false information on your visa application).

Medical exams

You might need a medical exam to be allowed to enter Canada. If you do, a Canadian immigration officer will tell you and will send you instructions about what to do. A medical exam can add several weeks to the processing time of your application.

For more information, see medical exams.


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