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Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Why visit Canada?

Visiting Canada is always a great idea for a variety of reasons. Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with placid and sky-blue lakes, towering mountains, primeval forests, rapid rivers, lush valleys and fruit-rich vineyars. Lake Louise, Niagara Falls, West Coast Trail, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove, Red Sand Beaches, Spotted Lake, Ellesmere Island and so much more...

Architecture-wise, Canada combines modern high-tech glass-and-steel skyscrapers with hundred-year-old Catholic churches, hobbit-like houses, magnificent castles and secluded retreats. Canada is a paradise for the tourist who will see resembles to both Southern France and Norway in the same province. Canada offers hiking, cycling, helicopter skiing, diving, and a plethora of other activities. 

In Canada, people and animals often live side by side. Even in Canada's largest city of Toronto you can see racoons, foxes, rabbits, owls, and predator birds hovering over your head. Drive away from the city, and you will see elks and deers roaming the prairies, salmon splashing in the rivers, Canadian geeze and swans swimming gracefully in the lakes. The natural life is plentiful in Canada.

You might be considering visiting Canada for many other reasons in addition to tourism. Canada attracts business people looking to settle down and invest in a safe and reliable economy. Canada welcomes
cultural exchange students too. Or you may want to visit your family and friends who live in Canada, told you so much about this country, and now you see it in your dreams. You know better why!​

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Entering Canada is a privilege, not a right. Citizens of some countries can visit Canada without visa. These countries include but are not limited to Great Britain, Mexico, the EU countries, Israel, Australia etc. However, these visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization before they enter Canada. eTA is valid for five years or until the passport expires.

US citizens and permanent residents do not require a visa to enter Canada. Permanent residents of the USA (Green Card holders) require an eTA if they fly to Canada, but not if they travel by car, bus, train or boat. All such individuals from visa-free countries can stay in Canada up to six months per visit.

If you are not from a visa-free country, you require a visa to enter Canada. Legally speaking, there is no "visitor visa". When you enter Canada temporarily as a visitor, Canada considers you as temporary resident, and the visa that you need is called a Temporary Resident Visa (or TRV). TRVs can be issued for a single entry or for multiple entries up to ten years. You may stay up to six months per visit.

Obtaining a TRV is not easy. The "onus" (obligation) to prove that you will leave Canada after the authorized period of stay is on you, the visitor. If the officer finds your arguments unconvincing, you will get a rejection. Fighting a rejection is harder that obtaining approval from the first try.

Officers considers a variety of factors to see if you might become a potential immigrant, and you might not know all of them. At Sokolov Immigration, we treat TRVs responsibly, because we understand that 
entering Canada is an opportunity like no other, for many reasons, immigration included. TRVs are not just about the application forms. They require strategies. We must convince the officer and present all our arguments in the best light to open this door for you. And that's what we do, with your help, and our expertise.

We roll up the sleeves and work hard to make sure you get the approval at once. If you don't, we know how to handle this too. With your permission, we can get access to your immigration file and learn the officer's reasons for denying you a visa. Then we can take measures to fix these reasons and file an efficient reconsideration request for a visa. Filing a well-prepared, strong and convincing reconsideration request improves your chances for approval, and we have done this successfully for our clients.

Once you enter Canada as a temporary resident, you have multiple options of prolonging your stay. You can extend your stay as a visitor. You can change the conditions of your stay and become a student, take a language course, find an employer and get a job in Canada, or meet your love and get married too.

It's better to prepare for a TRV well in advance, as preparation requires collecting multiple documents, doing translations, writing invitations letters and affidavits and other work. Ideally, plan your trip to Canada at least half a year in advance. Get in touch with us today, and we will be happy to discuss your options of entering Canada, extending your stay in Canada, or changing the conditions of your stay.

How we can help you with a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) application?

We will:

  • advise you on your chances to get a Temporary Resident Visa
  • draft an invitation letter for review of the IRCC immigration officer
  • create a strategy to prove that you are a bona fide applicant and will return home after your visit to Canada
  • prepare and translate, if necessary, the supporting documents
  • write a legal representative's submission letter where we will highlight the strong points of your application
  • complete all applications forms correctly to avoid any future accusation in misrepresentation and 5-year ban to come to Canada.

While you do your job, trust us to do ours. At Sokolov Immigration, we have the proven track record in Temporary Resident Visa applications, and we will be happy to help you get a Temporary Resident Visa to Canada!


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