Advice for Visitors to Canada
Mexicans Visiting Canada
The Canadian government requires some individuals from certain countries
to have a visa before attempting to visit Canada. In July 2009, new legislation
was passed stating that Mexicans visiting Canada must secure a visa before
seeking entrance onto Canadian soil. Whether their purpose is to study,
conduct business or temporarily work in Canada, they must apply for a
temporary resident visa.
In order to be eligible for entry, Mexicans visiting Canada must satisfy
several requirements. Apart from securing a temporary resident visa, they
must have a valid travel document, such as a passport. They may also have
to pass a medical examination and, in some cases, a letter of invitation
from a person residing in Canada is mandatory.
To obtain a temporary resident visa, applicants must fill out an application,
attach necessary documents, pay a fee and submit their application for
process. Some applicants must comply to an interview with a Visa Officer.
Most applications are processed within one month.
Mexicans Visiting Canada for Work
Most temporary work in Canada requires a work permit; however, some positions
and businesses do not call for it. It is the employer’s responsibility
to find out if the job applicant is eligible to work in Canada. In some
cases, employers have to consult Human Resources and Social Development
Canada (HRSDC) and obtain a labour market opinion, which will confirm
whether or not the employer can fill the job position with a foreign employee.
To apply for a work permit outside of Canada, the individual must provide
proof of a job offer in Canada, a completed application and written authorization
from the HRSDC. There is an application process and fee associated with
obtaining a work permit.
Visiting Canada for School
Each year students from all over the globe come to Canada to pursue their
studies. To apply for a study permit, individuals must show proof of identity,
and proof of acceptance into a recognized educational institution in Canada.
They must also confirm that they possess the financial means to pay for
their tuition fees, living expenses and transportation costs back to Mexico.
Those that plan to take a course or program that lasts for six months
or less do not need a study permit.
Since it is mandatory for Mexicans visiting Canada to have a temporary
resident visa, the visa will be issued at the same time as the study permit.
There is no need to fill out an additional application for a temporary
Mexicans visiting relatives in Canada
As of December 1, 2011 Parents and Grandparents from Mexico 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.