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Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa using Form IMM 5257.
Form IMM 5257 is used by individuals who want to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to visit Canada for a temporary purpose such as tourism, visiting family or friends, or business trips.
A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) is the official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to indicate that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, a student, or a worker).
Note: Individuals must obtain a TRV before departure from their home country. Individuals cannot obtain a TRV upon arrival in Canada.
Form IMM 5257 is for individuals who wish to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa from abroad to visit Canada.
Individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may require a visa to enter Canada. The requirement for a visa also applies to temporary residents who are transiting in Canada. Please visit the IRCC (formerly known as CIC) site at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5256ETOC.asp for more information on individuals who are exempt from obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada.
In order to qualify for a Temporary Resident Visa, individuals must show the officer that they meet the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and that they will be in Canada for a temporary stay.
Individuals must also: