Why was I granted a single-entry visa to Canada?

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Mr Brown:

I was recently granted a single-entry visa to Canada. I am wondering the reason for a multiple-entry visa not being granted.

– TS

Dear TS:

 

 

A TRV is an official specially designed sticker or document, issued by a visa office that is placed in a person’s passport to show that he or she has met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (a visitor, student or worker). Informally, TRVs are also known as “visitor’s visas.”

 

Single-Entry Visa

This type of visa allows a holder to visit Canada on one occasion. Once a holder of this type of visa has left Canada, (excluding travel to the United States, including its territories and possessions, and St Pierre and Miquelon), the holder will need a new visa to re-enter Canada. If the visa holder is travelling on a valid visa to the United States or St Pierre and Miquelon, then one would not require a new visitor visa to return to Canada.

 

Multiple-Entry Visa

A multiple-entry visa allows visitors to visit Canada on multiple occasions without having to reapply each time. This type of visa may be valid for up to 10 years, or one month before your passport expires, whichever is earlier.

For both types of visitor’s visas, one must arrive in Canada on or before the expiry date of the visa. Both are valid for a fixed period and cannot be used after they expire. Visitor’s visas allow one to remain in Canada for up to six months.

 

Automatic Consideration for MULTIPLE-ENTRY VISAS

Since February 6, 2014, all visa applicants have been automatically considered for multiple-entry visas. In fact, one may be granted a multiple-entry visa even if one applied for a single -entry visa.

This approach is much more flexible and convenient. It is less expensive, as the processing fee was reduced from CDN$150 to CDN$100.

As such, Jamaican passports holders which are valid for ten years, can benefit from 10-year multiple-entry visas.

Temporary Resident Visas were originally intended to assist business visitors and tourists in order to grow the Canadian economy. However, this type of visa will now be the standard type of Visitor Visa issued to genuine and qualifying visitors who are considered low-risk travellers.

Please visit JAMAICA2CANADA.COM for additional information on Canadian Permanent Residence programs, including Express Entry, The Study & Work program, Visas or Appeals, etc.

– Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel and an accredited Canadian education agent of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM—a Canadian immigration & education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to jamaica2canada@gmail.com.

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