Which is Best: Multiple Entry or Single Entry Visa for Canada?

When you apply for a temporary resident permit to come to Canada to visit, work or study, you will have the option to choose a single entry temporary resident visa or a multiple entry temporary resident visa. Whichever one you choose depends on your personal circumstances and preference. Visit Canada

Single Entry Temporary Resident Visa

A single entry temporary resident visa or visitor’s visa allows the visa holder to come to Canada once. The visa is valid for six months, and the holder must reapply for another visa if they leave Canada and want to come back before that six month period is up. However, there is one exception: as a single-entry temporary resident visa holder you can still travel to the United States and back to Canada again while the visa is valid.

Multiple Entry Temporary Resident Visa

A multiple entry temporary resident visa allows the holder to enter Canada multiple times during however long their temporary resident visa is good for. A multiple entry temporary resident visa is valid for longer than the six month period that single entry temporary resident visas are valid for.

Which is right for me?

Whether either a single entry or multiple entry temporary resident visa is the best choice for you depends on your personal circumstances and reason for visiting Canada.

If you expect to enter Canada only once, perhaps shop a bit in the United States and only leave Canada at the end of your trip or when your temporary resident visa is up, then a single entry temporary resident visa would be your best option. A single entry visa also costs less than a multiple entry visa.

However, if you aren’t sure if you will have to leave Canada or expect to leave Canada and will want to re-enter before the visa is up, you should go with a multiple-entry visa. You could also plan ahead for the unexpected with a multiple entry visa. For example, you may have a sick relative in your home country who you may need to visit during your trip to Canada, and with a multiple entry visa it will be much less of a hassle to re-enter Canada.

If you aren’t sure whether your would benefit more from a single entry or multiple entry temporary resident visa, contact us using the form on the right. We would be happy to help you choose and apply!

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