Prepare for arrival — Visit your children or grandchildren

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When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will greet you. The officer works for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), which protects Canada's borders and points of entry.

The officer will ask to see your passport or travel documents. If you applied for a parent and grandparent super visa, you’ll have other documents, such as a copy of your medical insurance, to give to the officer. Make sure that you have them with you and that they are not packed in your luggage. This will speed up your entry into Canada.

Even if you do not need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa to enter Canada, the officer will ask you a few questions. The officer will make sure that you meet the requirements to enter Canada.

You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. You must show the officer that you’re eligible for entry into Canada. You’ll also have to show the officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved stay.

If you don’t follow the conditions of your eTA or visa, you’ll be asked to leave Canada. Most people asked to leave Canada have the right to a fair hearing to review the decision.

Working or going to school in Canada

Most visitors to Canada can’t work or study in Canada without a permit.

If you are visiting Canada, still have legal status in Canada, and you want to work or study, there are a few options.

For a work permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you are lawfully admitted, or
  • in person or by mail at the Visa Application Centre in New York.

For a study permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you are lawfully admitted, or
  • in person or by mail at the Visa Application Centre in Los Angeles.

In some cases, you are allowed to work or study without a permit. For more information, see:

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