Advice for Visitors to Canada
Chinese Visiting Canada
Residents of China wishing to visit Canada must obtain the proper visa
in order to enter the country. Since China is home to 1.3 billion people,
there are several locations where one can get information, assistance
in completing their application and submitting it. There are three main
Canadian Embassies, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and several Visa
Application Centres. It is important that Chinese visiting Canada submit
their applications to the proper office to avoid delays in processing.
Temporary Resident Visas
Individuals from China who wish to visit Canada on a temporary basis are
required to obtain a temporary resident visa. This includes Chinese visiting
Canada to see family and friends, those studying at a Canadian institution
for less than six months, a person on a short business trip, or someone
travelling through Canada to another destination. A temporary resident
visa does not allow visitors to obtain employment within Canada.
Chinese Visiting Canada for School
Chinese students wishing to come to Canada to pursue studies that will
require them to stay for more than six months must apply for a study permit
and undergo a medical examination. Study permit applications and all required
supporting documents, including fees may be submitted to either the Beijing
or Hong Kong offices for processing. It is recommended that all study
permit applications be submitted at least three months prior to the commencement
of classes in order to ensure that the candidate does not miss any important
dates should the application present problems in processing.
Where to Go to Apply for a Visa
Some visa offices have restrictions, and certain visa applications can
only be submitted at specific locations:
Chinese visiting Canada for any reason may submit their applications to
the Canadian Embassy located in Beijing. This particular office services
individuals from the People’s Republic of China, The Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia, as well as people hailing
from other provinces and territories that were legally admitted to China,
and need visas to travel to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate General located in Hong Kong processes all types
of visa applications, and services those who reside in The People’s
Republic of China, as well as Hong Kong and Macao. Applicants who use
the services at the Hong Kong office may be required to attend an interview.
The Canadian Consulate General office in Shanghai will accept only certain
types of applications, including those for temporary resident visas, work
permits, and travel documents. It does not accept applications for study
permits. The Shanghai office services the region of Shanghai, as well
as the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang. Note that only in-person
applications are accepted at this location. All applications submitted
by mail must be directed to the Beijing or Hong Kong office.
Working Arrangement Holiday
The Canadian Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
Hong Kong, effective March 2010, allowing qualified individuals aged 18
to 30 from Hong Kong and Canada to travel to each other’s countries
to work and visit for the duration of one year. Eligibility and application
information will be available soon on The
Canadian Government website.
Chinese visiting relatives in Canada
As of December 1, 2011 Parents and Grandparents from China can visit their relatives in Canada using the Super Visa. This visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to two years. Visitors may make multiple trips without applying for a new entry visa. See more on the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.