Visa Entry into Canada
A visa officer determines whether or not an applicant meets the requirements for the issuance of a visa. It is also possible that, even with a visa, a Russian visiting Canada may not be able to enter the country as the decision rests solely on the officer at the port of entry.
A visitor must assure the visa officer that he or she has a valid reason for the trip and that they will be returning home after their stay. In certain cases, the applicant may be required to undergo a medical exam to show proof he or she is in good health before the visa officer’s final decision is reached.
The Visa Application Process
The following information is for Russians visiting Canada, specifically those who are in the country to study and who will not be working during that time. The application form can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website (a Russian-translated version can be downloaded). Here are some things to remember:
Supporting Documents for Visa Application
In accordance with the type of visit planned (i.e. vacation, business, or studies), various documents need to be included with a visa application form. Should the Canadian Consulate General of the Russian Federation decide that further documentation is necessary to assess your application, they will contact you.
For instance, if you are a Russian visiting Canada simply as a tourist, or visiting friends and/or family, you will need to provide the following documents:
Russians Visiting Relatives in Canada
As of December 1, 2011, parents and grandparents from Russia 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 can make multiple trips during this period without applying for a new entry visa each time. For more information, see the Super Visa.