Extending your visitor visa while you’re in Canada involves a well-defined process orchestrated by the Canadian government. This step-by-step guide lays out what you need to know and do to apply for an extension for your visitor visa:
Step 1: Understanding When to Apply
Ideally, you should submit your application to extend your visa at least 30 days before your current visa expires. However, it is encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow ample processing time.
Step 2: Gathering Necessary Documents
Before applying, gather all necessary documents which generally include:
- A valid passport
- Evidence of your ties to your home country
- Proof of financial resources
- A clear statement explaining the reason for the extension
Step 3: Filling Out the Application
To apply for an extension, you will have to:
- Read the Instruction Guide: Start by going through the instruction guide on the Government of Canada’s official website which provides details on how to fill the forms and the supporting documents required.
- Download the Application Package: Download the IMM 5708 form, known as the “Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder.” This form can be found on the official IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) website.
Step 4: Pay the Fees
The fee for a visitor record, which is essentially what you’re applying for when you extend your visa, is 100 CAD. Payments can be made online through the IRCC website. Keep the receipt of the payment as you will need to submit it with your application.
Step 5: Submit Your Application
You can submit your application online, which is the preferred method as it allows for faster processing. To apply online, you will need access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents.
Step 6: Await a Decision
After you submit your application:
- IRCC May Request Additional Documents: Be prepared to provide additional documents if requested.
- Application Processing Time: Processing times vary based on a range of factors, including the volume of applications received, the completeness of your application, and more. Check the IRCC website for current processing times.
- Decision: You will be notified of the decision on your application through the official channel you used to apply. If approved, you will be issued a new visitor record with a new expiry date.
Step 7: Stay Informed
While waiting for a decision, keep an eye on the expiry date of your current visa. Even if your visa expires while you wait for a decision, you are allowed to stay in Canada under “implied status,” but this is on the condition that you remain in the country.
Extending your visitor visa in Canada involves a careful approach to ensuring a successful application. Follow the outlined steps, make sure to give accurate details, and await a positive response hopefully. Enjoy your extended stay in the beautiful regions of Canada, taking in all the sights and sounds that this diverse and vibrant country has to offer!
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