Showing posts with label Tourist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tourist. Show all posts

June 22, 2018

10-Year Multiple Entry Visa for Ms. Tess Querie

Ms. Tess Querie wanted to visit a relative in Canada and tried to apply for a visit visa by following the instructions she found at Canada's official website - Her application was refused. 

She then asked around and was referred by one of our clients to Gateway to Canada. She was granted a 10-year Multiple Entry Visa!

February 28, 2017

Woman from Philippines, visiting family on Vancouver Island, slammed with $20K hospital bill

Traveling to Canada to visit your family or for a short vacation?  Do not forget to buy a travel insurance.  You might get a lesson or two from this experience of Ms. Roema Talosig, who travelled from the Philippines to visit family in Canada.

August 22, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Please take note of the new entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

July 18, 2016

We can't guarantee approval, but you can bank on our more than 20 years of experience...

Mrs Lizzy Anna Caramba's first visit visa application was refused.  She was assisted by a neophyte consulting firm near her place.  Not contented with the result, her family searched for an experienced consulting firm and found Canadian Immigration Consultancy - PIA Corp and asked for our assistance to apply again.

March 28, 2016

The Visa Officer Rejected Her Application. What she did next is clever!

Mrs Egpit was a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada for almost 8 years.  While in Canada, she tried to apply for permanent residence status but wasn't able to meet the requirement.  She then decided to go back the Philippines when the validity of her Work Permit expired.  Although she wasn't lucky to get a PR Status, she was fortunately able to help some of her children, relatives and friends get a permanent resident status.  She wanted to visit her family and friends in Canada.  But her application was rejected.

March 18, 2016

Can you apply for a work permit or study permit while in Canada as a tourist / visitor?

To legally work or study in Canada, generally, you need a permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Your visit visa does not allow you to work or study.  But can you apply for a work permit or study permit while in Canada as a tourist/visitor?

March 17, 2016

How long can I stay in Canada as a tourist?

How long can I stay in Canada as a Tourist? Can I stay there for more than 6 months?  This is a common question I receive from clients and readers of Gateway to Canada.

March 10, 2016

Applying for a Visit Visa without letter of invitation

So you just want to Visit Canada for a short holiday.  You don't have a relative or a friend who may give you a letter of invitation and accommodation arrangements.  Cana you still apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa?

March 7, 2016

Visa is sweeter the second time around

Mrs. Evelyn Espiritu tried to apply for a tourist visa to visit her daughter in Canada without any help. Unfortunately her application was refused.  She then asked the help of Canadian Immigration Consultancy to process her Visit Visa Application.

November 23, 2010

Canada lifts visa requirement for visitors from Taiwan

Here's a good news for Taiwanese who plans to visit Canada.

Taiwan is the latest addition to list of countries exempted from visa requirements in visiting Canada.

Canada lifts visa requirement for visitors from Taiwan!

Effective immediately, travelers with ordinary Taiwan passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. [Source]

Will that privilege be given to Filipino citizens anytime soon? Highly unlikely, if not impossible.

Canada’s visa policy is based on an assessment of a number of established criteria, including immigration violation rates, asylum claims, the integrity of travel documents and the cooperation on removals by the country or territory in question.

I guess I need not explain why I said it will be impossible. ;-)

February 3, 2010

Working Holiday Visa Program

Working Holiday Visa Program
Have you heard about Canada's Working Holiday Visa program? Simply put, it allows you to travel to Canada and at the same time you will be allowed to work for any jobs depending on on what you want to do and how hard you want to look for a job.

Canada's Working Holiday Visa Program is part of an exchange agreement between Canada and selected countries through which their citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 (some countries limit it to 30) can have a travel, work and life experience in another country. Citizens of participating countries will then have an opportunity to enjoy an extended holiday in Canada while undertaking temporary casual work to supplement their holiday funds.

Unfortunately, it does not apply to Philippine passport holders.

This is applicable to Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Rep., Latvia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Canadian Working Holiday Program is administered by the Canadian Visa Office responsible for each participating countries.

Click here for the details of the program for your country of origin and for more information about Canada's Working Holiday Visa Program.

January 22, 2010

List of Requirements: Filipinos Visiting Canada

Filipinos visiting Canada is required to apply for Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada. It appears that my previous entry about Canadian Tourist Visa Application is not enough for most of those who stumble upon this blog. In that blog entry, I have provided a link to the application forms and checklist of documents and yet I keep on receiving emails asking for the list of requirements.

List of Requirements: Filipinos Visiting Canada

The list of required documents varies depending on your circumstances.  But generally, you need to provide documentation about:

  • Your identity
  • Proof of financial capacity to travel
  • Proof of your ties in the Philippines
  • Your itinerary, purpose of visit
  • Letter of invitation, if applicable

You may get more information here:

If you plan to do it yourself, read this first: Visiting Canada | Canadian Tourist Visa Application.

December 31, 2009

2010 Winter Olympics Packages

This post is for those asking for 2010 Winter Olympics Packages.

As the start of 2010 Winter Olympics is fast approaching, more and more readers are asking information about Canadian Tourist Visa Application to visit Canada to watch 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. There are also those who are asking for 2010 Winter Olympics Packages.

2010 Winter Olympics Packages
Here's once of the 2010 Winter Olympics Packages that I found from the net. I can't vouch for their services but it looks reasonable. It's from

Their Winter Games Standard Vancouver Packages include:
  • Accommodations in Vancouver (Hotel Category as selected)

  • Breakfast Daily

  • Professionally Guided Group Vancouver City Tour including Stanley Park, Gastown, and Granville Island

  • Winter Games Commemorative Gift Package

  • Daily Group Shuttle To Whistler Town Center (departs from Vancouver once daily in early morning, returns from Whistler Town Center once daily late afternoon)

  • Vancouver Welcome Kit

  • Roadtrips On-Site Host Team

  • Access to the Roadtrips Vancouver Daily On-Site Hospitality Center including Complimentary Beverages, Snacks, and Event Viewing Lounge (open between 9am and 5pm daily)

  • Access to the Roadtrips Whistler Daily Hospitality Center at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler with Beverages, Snacks, and Event Viewing Lounge (open between 9am and 5pm daily)

  • Expert Travel & Concierge Services of the Roadtrips At-Your-Service Desk™

  • For more information about Roadtrip's 2010 Winter Olympics Packages, simply visit their website or contact them at 1-800-465-1765.

    Please note that having a confirmed 2010 Winter Olympics Package does not guarantee visa issuance. So if you are planning to visit Canada using 2010 Winter Olympics as front but with the real intention of working there or staying longer than allowed, think twice before paying for 2010 Winter Olympics Packages.

    December 22, 2009

    Online Work Permit and Visa Extension Application

    Temporary residents in Canada who wish to extend their stay or apply for work permit while in Canada may now process their applications online!

    “Extending our online services to more temporary residents will significantly facilitate the application process by providing faster, more accessible and efficient services,” said Minister Kenney.

    Forms submitted by mail often need to be returned because they are incomplete, adding additional time to the process. Applications online can only be submitted if they are complete, thereby contributing to faster processing. The service is open to all temporary residents except for co-op program work permit applicants.

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) intends to make all types of applications available online in the future.[Source]

    How to apply for work permit online

    First, you will need to obtain a Government of Canada ePass, and then register with MyCIC.

    Once registered with MyCIC, you can apply for work permit online.

    You must of course meet the eligibility requirement to legally work in Canada.

    The online process to apply for an extension as a visitor is pretty much the same, you will need to log-in to your MyCIC account.

    July 23, 2009

    I'm Visiting Canada, Is Travel Insurance Required in Visitor Visa Application?

    A blog reader asked me of travel insurance is required in visitor visa application. For the benefit of those who may be wondering too whether travel insurance is required, I thought of posting my answer here.

    First. let's define what is a travel insurance.

    Here's a travel insurance definition from MSN Encarta:

    insurance for problems while traveling: insurance to cover the eventualities of a period of travel away from home such as flight delay, loss of baggage, theft of money or belongings, or medical costs

    And another travel insurance definition from Wikipedia:

    Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses and financial (such as money invested in nonrefundable pre-payments) and other losses incurred while traveling, either within one's own country, or internationally.

    Now that we have a clear information on what a travel insurance is, the next thing to do is refer to the application kit for Tourist Visa Application. You will find there the list of requirements. Reading Canadian Tourist Visa Application guide will give you more information about visitor visa application.

    Travel Insurance is technically not required. It is not included in the checklist of documents. Remember, however, that in visitor visa application, you must be able to convince the visa officer that you have a valid purpose and that you have the means to support your travel. Having a travel insurance will not only help your case, but it will also be of big help in case something happen to you while you're traveling. That is what insurance is for.

    July 20, 2009

    I am in Canada with work permit can I sponsor my spouse?

    Here's another question from one of my blog readers.
    I am in Canada with work permit can I sponsor my spouse? I have been thinking about this for a while and was hoping you might be able to shed some light on the subject.

    Here's my reply.

    Family Class sponsorship is not applicable to Temporary Foreign Workers. However, your wife may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa to visit you in Canada. Here's Canadian Tourist Visa application guide. Please note that your wife will not need a visa to enter Canada if she is from a visitor visa exempted country.

    Another alternative is to get your wife a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) and then file for a Work Permit Application like you did.

    July 16, 2009

    Czech Republic reacts to Canada visa move

    Canada's decision to impose visa requirement on Czech Republic and Mexico
    was not welcomed by both countries.

    Czech Republic

    Czech Republic is recalling its Ambassador to Canada as a sign of protest.

    PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic objected to the reintroduction of visas for its citizens by Canada on Tuesday, bringing home its ambassador to Canada and asking for support from fellow EU members to have the decision reversed.

    Canada reinstated a visa requirement on Czech visitors on Tuesday after hundreds of Roma from the central European ex-communist state sought asylum there.

    The Roma asylum seekers say they have been discriminated against by the majority ethnic Czech population, a view backed by human rights agencies.

    "The government considers reimposing the visa duty a unilateral and unfriendly step," Prime Minister Jan Fischer told reporters after a special government meeting called to debate the Canada move.[Source]

    Czech Republic used to be included in countries with Visitor Visa Exemption.

    July 14, 2009

    Canada imposes a visa on the Czech Republic and Mexico

    Effective July 14, 2009, Canada will now impose visa for Czech and Mexican nationals who wish to travel to Canada. They used to be inluded in the list of countries with Visitor Visa Exemption.

    Canada imposes a visa on the Czech Republic

    Ottawa, July 13, 2009 —Beginning 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2009, Czech nationals will require a visa to travel to Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. For the first 48 hours, Czech citizens may apply for entry on arrival in Canada. After 11:59 p.m. EDT July 15, 2009, a visa will be required.

    Since the visa requirement was lifted on the Czech Republic in October 2007, nearly 3,000 claims have been filed by Czech nationals, compared with less than five in 2006. The Czech Republic is now the second top source country for refugee claims. The relatively higher acceptance rate of refugee claims originating in the Czech Republic masks the troubling fact that more than half of the claims are abandoned or withdrawn before a final decision is made by the Immigration and Refugee Board, indicating that many claimants may not be genuine refugees.[Source]

    Canada imposes a visa on Mexico

    Ottawa, July 13, 2009 — Beginning 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2009, Mexican nationals will require a visa to travel to Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. For the first 48 hours, Mexican citizens may apply for entry on arrival in Canada. After 11:59 p.m. EDT July 15, 2009, a visa will be required.

    Refugee claims from Mexico have almost tripled since 2005, making it the number one source country for claims. In 2008, more than 9,400 claims filed in Canada came from Mexican nationals, representing 25 per cent of all claims received. Of the Mexican claims reviewed and finalized in 2008 by the Immigration and Refugee Board, an independent administrative tribunal, only 11 per cent were accepted.[Source]

    For information about Canadian Tourist visa application for Czech national and Mexicans, visit For Mexicans, here's Canada Visa Office in Mexico for more information.

    June 11, 2009

    Visa Processing Fee Update - Canadian Embassy Manila

    Here's the new visa processing fee effective June 13, 2009. The peso equivalent is based of the fixed exchange rate of P43.

    Immigration Cost Recovery Fees
    (in effect as of June 13, 2009)



    I. Permanent Resident Visas

    Skilled Worker and Provincial Nominee Applicants

    Principal applicant



    A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner



    A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner



    Investor, Entrepreneur or Self-employed Persons Class applicants

    Principal applicant



    A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner



    A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner



    Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)



    Note that for Family Class applicants, the Right of Permanent Residence Fee must be paid by the sponsor from within Canada. The visa cannot be issued until this fee is paid.

    The RPRF fee is payable by principal applicants (with the following exceptions) and accompanying spouses and common-law partners.


    Dependent children of a principal applicant or sponsor, a child to be adopted, or an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild; and protected persons, including Convention refugees

    II. Temporary Resident Visas



    Visitors (including re-entry and seafarer applications)

    Single entry to Canada



    Multiple entry



    Family rate for either single or multiple entry (all family members must apply at the same time and place, no limit to the total number of family members)



    Work Permits

    Work permit



    Work permit - Group of 3 or more performing artists



    Study Permits



    III. Other



    Temporary Resident Permit



    Replacing a Visa



    Return to Canada (for Permanent Residents) - Travel Document



    Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality



    Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of criminality



    Authorization to return to Canada after removal



    Repayment of removal expenses

    To the U.S.A. and St. Pierre and Miquelon



    To any other country



    April 8, 2009

    Visit Visa Extension

    I have just received an email from a client whom I assisted in her tourist visa application few months ago. She's asking for help on her visit visa extension.

    Are visitors allowed to extend their stay in Canada?

    Ordinarily, visitors are allowed to stay in Canada for no more than six months but, in some special cases, visitors man stay longer. If you decide to stay longer, you can apply for an extension and such application must be sent at least 30 days before your Temporary Resident Visa expires.

    If you stay longer than you are allowed by your visa, you will lose your temporary resident status and you could be asked to leave Canada.

    How to apply
    1. Download the application kit here

    2. There is a processing fee amounting to C$75 for visa extension and C$200 for Restoration of Temporary Resident Status (due to loss of status as a visitor, worker or student). You may pay the fee through internet or through any Canadian Financial institution. Processing fee is non-refundable.

    3. Complete the forms, attach supporting documents including processing fee payment receipt and mail your application to:
    Citizenship and Immigration - Visitor
    Case Processing Centre
    6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 303
    Vegreville, AB
    T9C 1W1

    You will receive a letter regarding your case and you will be informed if you need to take any further action.

    If your temporary resident status extension has been granted, an immigration document will be sent to you. If your application is refused, you can only stay in Canada until the expiry date of your current temporary resident status.

    If you applied for restoration of temporary resident status, you will receive a letter advising you of the decision and instructions to follow.

    If your application has been referred to a local office, you will be notified of this and will subsequently be contacted by this office.