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Every year, there are over 16 million people who visit Canada on a temporary basis. Temporary residents are people who are lawfully admitted in Canada for a temporary purpose, including students, foreign workers, and visitors such as tourist.

Individuals who apply to come to Canada as temporary residents must satisfy the visa officer that they:

  • Are in good health (medical examination maybe required);

  • Do not have a criminal record;

  • Do not pose a threat to Canada's security;

  • Have a valid passports or travel documents;

  • Have enough money to support themselves and their family members while in Canada; and

  • Will leave Canada voluntarily at the end of their stay.

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To visit, you may also need a temporary resident visa, depending on your citizenship, a medical examination, and a letter of invitation from a family, friends, or someone who lives in Canada. Transport companies, such as airlines, must ensure you have proper, valid travel documents when you enter Canada. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or denied boarding.


Some people are inadmissible and are not allowed to come to Canada. Things that could make you inadmissible include involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations or in organized crime. You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons. If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. Criminal offense include both minor and serious offense, such as theft, assault, manslaughter, dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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