A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that we stick in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada.
Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.
You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.
Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.
At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.
If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.
You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. The entry document you need depends on:
This visa stream lets you visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends.
You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise.
If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia - that is, we do not consider you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa.
Ask your cruise operator or travel agent if we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.
This is a temporary visa.
You can stay for the period or dates specified on the visa grant letter. We determine the length of your visa on a case by case basis. Things we might consider when determining your stay period include:
You might not be granted the length of stay you want.
We can grant this visa with one entry or multiple entries. If we grant you a visa with multiple entry, you can leave and re-enter Australia on the visa while it is valid. Generally we grant a stay period of 3 months, but we might grant a stay of up to 12 months in certain circumstances.
It is a condition of this visa that you don't stay in Australia for a total of more than 12 months in an 18-month period. If you currently hold a Visitor visa, a Working Holiday visa, a Work and Holiday visa or a bridging visa, and grant of this visa would mean you stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months, you will need to show there are exceptional circumstances.
Consider the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream if:
Third-country nationals wishing to visit family members, friends or relatives living in the Schengen Zone may be a subject to the Schengen visa regime.
You need to apply for a Schengen Visitor Visa (Visa for the Purpose of Visiting Family, Friends or Relatives) if your nationality is on the list of countries whose nationals need a Schengen short-stay visa
The required documents for a Schengen Visa for Visiting Family, Friends or Relatives are as following:
If you want to visit your friends or family members residing in one of the Schengen states, you will need to apply from your home country. The number of countries you plan to visit determines where you should apply.
If you are going to visit only one Schengen country, then apply at its competent authorities in your country of residence, which may be:
On the other hand, if you will be visiting more than one Schengen member, then submit your application at the competent authority of the country where:
To complete your Schengen Visa application for Visiting Family, Friends or Relatives, follow these steps:
You should file your application for a Schengen Visa for Visiting Family or Friends no less than 15 calendar days before your planned trip to EU.
The Schengen states have a fixed policy on when you should file your application the earliest and the latest. While two weeks is the latest, the earliest you can submit your application for a Schengen Visa for Visiting Family or Friends is three months before your trip.
The best time to apply for an EU visa for the purpose of visiting Family members, Friends or Relatives is four weeks before your trip to Europe.
You will have to wait at least 15 calendar days to get a response on your Schengen visa application for Visiting Family or Friends. The Schengen visa processing time around the world is approximately two weeks.
Still, depending on your case, your application may take longer to be processed. In specific cases, the embassies take 30 days to process a visa, whereas in extraordinary cases you will have to wait for 60 calendar days.
* During the June–August holiday period, the processing time could be longer.
The validity of your Schengen visa for Visiting Family or Friends in Europe depends on the embassy/consulate that issued you a visa. You can get a Schengen Visiting Relatives visa with the maximum validity of 90 days per 6 months.
However, the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the Schengen Area is specified on the Schengen visa sticker that is glued into your passport. If you encounter difficulties reading your visa sticker check How to read a Schengen visa sticker.
If you plan to stay in Europe for more than 90 days, then you should apply for a visitors’ residence permit.
You will be able to extend your Schengen Visa for Visiting Family, Friends or Relatives while being in Europe in very rare and specific occasions.
If you are applying to extend your Schengen visa in Europe, you must base your application on Humanitarian Reasons, Force Majeure, Important Personal Reasons or late entry into the Schengen Zone. In addition, you must fulfill extra requirements, as having the necessary financial means to remain in that country for the period you are applying for.
If your application for a Schengen visa for visiting Friends or Family in Europe is rejected, you can still apply again. This time try to avoid the previous mistakes.
However, if you believe that your visa has been rejected by mistake, then you can appeal the decision. You can do so by writing an Appeal Letter for EU Visa Refusal.
You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:
You must always show that:
You must prove that:
You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you do not do this. You will not get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or your application is refused.
Your visa may be cancelled and you may get a long-term ban on visiting if your travel history shows you’re repeatedly living in the UK for extended periods.
You can stay in the UK for 12 months if you’re applying as an academic. You must prove you’re highly qualified within your field of expertise, on sabbatical leave from your home institution and visiting to either:
When you apply you’ll need to provide a current passport or other valid travel identification.
You need a blank page in your passport for your visa. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
You’ll be told how to provide your documents when you apply.
Read the full list of supporting documents you can provide.
You might need to provide additional documents if you’re visiting the UK:
You’ll need to provide the following:
You might also need:
You can apply for a standard visitor visa if you’re under 18 and:
You can travel to the UK without an adult (someone over the age of 18).
Your parent or guardian will need to provide their:
They’ll also need to provide proof that you have somewhere suitable to live during your stay in the UK, including:
When travelling to the UK with an adult (someone over the age of 18), you’ll need to identify them in your visa application.
If the person you’re travelling with is not your parent, you’ll need to provide specific information about them in your application.
Their name will appear on your visa, and you’ll be refused entry to the UK if you arrive in the UK without them.
You can identify up to 2 adults in your visa application, and your visa will only be valid if you travel with at least one of them.
The adult can apply for a visa at the same time, but you must each complete separate applications.
You may be able to extend your visa as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months. For example if you apply for a 3 month visa, you can apply to extend it for 3 more months.
You should apply before your current visa expires.
You can apply to extend your visa for a further 6 months if you:
You must also get a medical practitioner or NHS consultant who’s registered in the UK to provide: