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Apply for re-entry to Canada as a temporary visitor with Form IMM 5257, Application for Temporary Resident Visa.
A visitor visa allows a foreign national to come to Canada for a short period of time to vacation, visit family or do business. This period of time is typically limited to six months, but can be longer in some circumstances.
If you have already visited Canada and wish to return, you can use Form IMM 5257 to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa and visit again.
Visitors need to be sure to apply for re-entry to Canada before they actually go to Canada as visitors cannot apply for a Temporary Resident Visa at the border.
Foreign nationals who wish to re-enter Canada as temporary visitors can use Form IMM 5257. If you were previously a permanent resident of Canada, you may not need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa as your permanent residency may still be in effect.
If you are already a permanent resident of Canada, you can apply for a travel document to come to Canada permanently.
In order to be granted a Temporary Resident Visa, you will need to provide evidence and supporting documentation that shows the following requirements are met: