The Canadian government has a variety of visitor visas that help travelers and visitors to Canada. These visas enable different lengths of stays according to the type of program that your fiancée qualifies for. However, there are three types of lengths and five different visa categories, which complicates issues when you ask yourself “how should I sponsor my fiancée?”
When deciding the best type of visa for your loved one, consider the basic types and categories of visas that your fiancée will be able to utilize to enter into the country.
The Three Types of Temporary Resident Visas
The single entry visa is good for a single stay in Canada and may be obtained up to half a year before the expected arrival date. When landing under a single entry visa, you should make sure that the expiry date is a least a month past the date that you expect to land in the country. Single entry visas usually have strict time limits compared to multi-entry visas.
Multiple Entry Visa
A multiple entry visa is one of the most flexible types of documents, giving the holder the ability to travel outside of Canada without worrying about whether or not they will be able to return. This is usually provided for those who are not yet permanent residents, or those who are unable to become permanent residents but are allowed to live within Canadian borders for a long period of time.
According to current law:
- The visa can have a validity date that extends as long as ten years after the expiry date, up until one month before expiry.
- Multiple-entry visas enable “the holder to seek entry into Canada from any country as often as necessary during the validity of the visa.”
- The document is issued with legitimate travelers in mind, and may be considered valid even if attached to an expired travel document.
Transit visas are usually given for free and are only needed to be able to pass through Canada on the way to another destination. This type of visa is only needed if you happen to be meeting your fiancée in Canada, as you travel to another destination outside of the country.