Temporary Resident Visa
Short Term Study (6 months or less)
The Consulate General processes applications for Temporary Resident Visas, Travel Documents, and Work Permits.
No. Immigration applications must be processed in Beijing.
The answer depends on your intentions. If you plan to be in Canada only for a short period of time to conduct business or visit, you should apply for a visitor visa. If you plan to study or work, you should apply for a student permit or an work permit. If you would like to settle permanently in Canada, you must submit an immigration application in Beijing.
You can submit an application in person for a Temporary Resident Visa or Travel Document at the Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai. Applications for permanent residence can only be submitted by mail to Beijing.
Monday to Thursday 10:45-11:45: We will accept in-person temporary resident visa and permanent resident travel document applications. Applications will be accepted ONLY if the person submitting the application is the applicant. Fees must be paid using the current bank draft system.
Monday to Thursday 15:00-16:00: Pick-up of in-person applications ONLY. Application result will be returned ONLY if the person picking up the result is the applicant.
IMPORTANT NOTE: No work permit applications, status enquiries, submissions/pick-ups by authorized representative or additional document submissions will be accepted at the reception of the Visa Section.
The following text does not contain instructions for all the boxes on the forms. Most questions are clear; instructions are provided only when necessary. Note the following:
WARNING! It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on this form. We may check to verify your responses. Misrepresentation will result in a two-year ban from entering Canada.
Our Application Kits list which documents are required. The applicant should complete all parts of the application and provide all requested documents.
Due to the volume of requests, our office is unable to provide individual assistance in completing application forms. Applicants should respond to all questions to the best of their ability and provide a separate explanation where appropriate.
Applications which are not fully completed or do not enclose required documents will normally be refused. *Always use the application kit from the office where you will submit your application.
See application fee details.
Straight forward applications are usually processed in Shanghai within our processing standards. If you do not complete your application properly or submit the correct documents and processing fees as required in the application kit, or if you attend an interview, or if a medical check is required, the processing standard may be longer.
No, our office does not offer an express service, it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify our processing standards prior to application.
Yes. If you are transiting through Canada to another destination within 48 hours, you will require a Temporary Resident Visa known as a Transit Visa. The application process is the same as above, but there is no application fee. For countries and territories that require a transit visa.
New: As part of Canada's Transit without Visa program, a China Transit Trial has been put in place. This trial will allow Chinese nationals holding valid U.S.A. visas to travel to and from the U.S.A. through the Vancouver International Airport without obtaining a Canadian transit visa. To qualify, travellers must travel on one of the pre-authorized air carriers in the Transit Without Visa program (Philippine Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways) and fly on direct, non-stop flights to the Vancouver International Airport, originating from Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Manila and Taipei. The trial will be in place for one year, after which an evaluation will be undertaken.
At present, there are no pre-authorized air carriers with direct, non-stop flights to the Vancouver International Airport originating from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou.
Yes, the passport is a required document for all Temporary Resident Visa applications.
All of the application kits you will need from the Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai are downloadable. These kits are for applicants applying from Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces and list all the supporting documents required.
Application kits for other regions of the world can be found at this Citizenship and Immigration Canada link.
Your relative or spouse may submit an application on your behalf, but in the end you must satisfy the visa officer that you meet the requirements of the Immigration Act, which may involve a personal interview. You must authorize our office in writing if you wish us to release your passport or any personal information on your behalf to any other person.
Normally we only deal with walk-in applicants, however, if you are a group of people travelling together, you can authorize one people from the delegation or the travel agent to submit application for you. Please read the following information carefully if you wish to have a third party pick up documents or results from our office. Our office will not release any information to persons who do not have the correct authorization:
A third party may collect visas, supporting documents, withdraw the application or inquire about case status ONLY on presentation of ALL of the following 3 required documents:
The translation of a document into English or French must be accurate. The document(s) may be translated by yourself or another individual. Translation by a professional agency is not required. Please know that all translations must accompany the original document(s) or notarized copies. Submitting only the translation is not acceptable.
No. Mail applications must be submitted to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.
Please remember that although you may provide documents to support the application of a friend, relative, or business associate, the decision of the visa officer is ultimately based on the applicant’s circumstances, and not on any personal or financial guarantees that you or anyone else might be prepared to offer on that person’s behalf.
As a federal department, we are bound by the Privacy Act not to discuss the detail of any case with anyone except the applicant and certain authorized persons. Before we can release information to you the applicant must provide us with specific written permission to do so. Even with written authorization we do not release personal information over the telephone.
Please see the CIC publication: Temporary Resident Visa: What to do if an application is refused
Written reasons for refusal are given to unsuccessful visa applicants. Once you are in possession of the written reasons, there are limited avenues of appeal.
Permanent residents requiring a travel document to return to Canada may choose to appeal refusals to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Instructions are provided with a copy of the refusal letter. The appeal can be based on facts, law or equity.
The IRB cannot consider appeals of visa refusals of temporary residents (visitors, students, or workers). Refused applicants are advised to make new applications only if their circumstances have changed.
No, applicants are welcome to submit a new application at any time, providing any new or additional information or documentation they wish to be considered.
Applicants who have been refused may submit new applications at any time, but should be advised to do so only if they can provide new or additional information or documentation not already submitted in the previous application.
No. You must make an application at a visa office outside Canada for a new visa. You can only apply for an extension of your visitor status or change conditions from within Canada.
You are responsible for any medical expenses you incur. Buy traveller’s health insurance just in case.
Processing times for the services delivered at a visa office depend on three factors - the volume of applications, their complexity and the amount of resources (staff) available to the visa office.
Please note that all applications are considered on their own merits - if further documentation or information are required, processing times may take longer - and even several weeks - depending on the circumstances.
The EXPIRY DATE on your visa means: you must ENTER Canada before this date.
The visa validity is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for three months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. Please make sure you clearly indicate your intended travel date on the application form.
* Temporary Resident Visitor Visas cannot have an expiry date that exceeds the passport validity. If your passport will expire soon you may want to renew it before you apply for a Canadian visa.
After a Temporary Resident Visa application has been submitted, the applicant will be notified by our office if a medical exam is required.
Please note that the Immigration Act requires that a visa officer be satisfied that anyone issued a visa will not be a danger to public health or cause excessive demand on health and social services. Medical instructions are issued at the discretion of a visa officer. The medical examination MUST be completed prior to travel to Canada.
Only persons who have received medical instructions need take a medical exam. For a list of Designated Medical Practitioners nearest to you.
A single entry visa allows you to enter Canada only once. However, this visa may also be used for repeated entries into Canada from the USA or St. Pierre and Miquelon provided you do not enter another country. Such entries must occur within the time that was granted for your stay in Canada.
If you intend to travel to the United States during your visit to Canada, you do not need a multiple-entry visa in order to re-enter Canada directly from the United States during the duration of your stay in Canada.
Yes you require a visa for Canada. A United States visa does not permit entry to Canada.
*Unless you have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and are in possession of your Alien Registration Card (Green Card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence then you do not require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada as a visitor.
Temporary Resident Visa
The visa validity is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for three months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the day by which you must enter Canada. However, we cannot issue visitor visas with a validity that exceeds the passport validity. So if your passport will expire soon, you may want to renew it before you apply for your Canadian visa.
The duration of your stay in Canada will be decided by the immigration officer at the Port of Entry (airport or highway border crossing). The usual amount of time is six months from the day you arrive. If you think you will want to stay in Canada for more than six months, or if you will be visiting the United States and returning to Canada during your trip, explain the circumstances to the immigration officer when you arrive.
Please check with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or other authorized institutions about your application before writing directly to our office. All applications for visas for official delegations are submitted to foreign embassies by the MFA or other authorized institutions. This is a requirement of the Government of the PRC, not of our Consulate. Sometimes it takes several weeks for the MFA to submit completed applications, collect the passports, and return them to the holders once our office reaches a decision. Keep in mind that our office also has processing standards.
Yes. If you are transiting through Canada to another country destination within 48 hours, you will require a Temporary Resident Visitor Visa known as a Transit Visa. The application process is the same as above, but there is no application fee. For countries and territories that are transit visa exempt.
You may apply for a temporary resident visa even if you have an permanent resident application in process, but to be successful, you must be able to convince a visa officer that you would leave Canada at the end of your proposed visit.
The documents that are required from the inviter(s) are listed in the Application Kit, Please download the Application Kit and read the instructions carefully.
Business between Canada and China grows every year, and with it the number of applications for visas made by Chinese business people. Unfortunately, this increase in applications includes not only bona fide visitors who have legitimate business reasons for making temporary visits, but also applicants who submit fraudulent or misleading documents. As a result, our office often checks with the Canadian invitors to ensure that an invitation that has been extended is genuine. The verification process takes time. It is intended, however, to protect the reputation and business interests of Canadian companies. You also should keep in mind that many businesses are still largely state-run, and so representatives may be considered officials by the PRC government, which can slow the visa application process (please see #3 above).
Before writing to our Embassy to request information about the case of a business person whom you have invited, please remember that it is the Visa Section, and not the Commercial Section, that has the final say in issuing visas. The visa section cannot provide information about a visa application without the written consent of the applicant.
If you intend to invite a business person, you should provide that person with the following documents that they will submit with their application to prevent our office from requesting them at a later date:
In addition, if you have not previously invited any Chinese business visitors or have not invited within the past two years, please provide a copy of your Canadian business registration document, and a copy of the Summary of your most recent Corporate Notice of Assessment form from Canada Customs and Revenues Agency.
Please be advised that anyone living in Canada, or with legal status in Canada may act as an inviter. If you are inviting a friend, family member or business associate please download the Application Kit for a complete list of required documents.
For more information on how to write a letter of invitation. Please do not mail or fax the invitation letter prior to the submission of the application. Documents or letters of support that are submitted independently of an application will not be kept on file and will not be considered.
Short Term Study (6 months or less)
Canadian colleges, universities and technical institutes encourage applications from qualified international students. If you are going to study in Canada, you need a Study Permit. Applicants going to study in any field in Canada for less than 6 months only, do not require a Study Permit and will be processed as visitors. If you intend to study in the province of Quebec, you must also have received a certificate of acceptance from the Quebec Government.
To obtain a Study Permit you must demonstrate that you will have enough money during your stay in Canada to pay for tuition fees, books, living expenses for yourself and accompanying dependants, and return transportation for both yourself and accompanying dependants. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada guidelines, you will require approximately $10,000 CAD per year, not including tuition fees, to cover your living expenses. If your dependants are planning to accompany or join you, you will require an additional $4,000 for the first dependant, and $3,000 for each subsequent dependant, in addition to return airfare.
If you proceed to Canada alone, it is possible that your dependants will not be able to join you there. If you wish your spouse and/or child to accompany you to Canada or to join you at a later date, you must provide proof that you will be able to support them (please see #2 above). Since funding provided by Canadian institutions or governmental organizations is normally sufficient for one person only, you will likely be required to provide proof of additional funding and/or savings. Your dependants will also be required to demonstrate to a visa officer that they have sufficient ties to China to ensure their departure from Canada.
The Work Permit Application Kit is for all applicants wishing to work in Canada for a temporary period. This includes Post-doctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars, Live-in Caregivers and Intra-company transferees.
Please apply well in advance. Our office will endeavour to process Work Permit applications in 3-4 months. Please note that application processing times may take longer if further information or medical exams are required. Our office is unable to provide exact information regarding each application prior to submission and there is no express service.
In all cases an application will be delayed if the Visa Office has to take extra steps to assess your case. Both the applicant and the employer should make sure that the information and documents that are requested in the application kit are complete prior to the submission of an application. Processing standard in Shanghai will vary according to the number of applications received.
We endeavour to process applications submitted in person for Travel Documents (permanent residents abroad) within five to eight working days.
In all cases an application will be delayed if the Visa Office has to take extra steps to assess your case. The applicant should make sure that the information, documents and fees that are requested in the application kit are complete prior to the submission of an application. Processing times in Shanghai will vary according to the number of applications received.
You may use your Permanent Resident Card (Maple Leaf Card) with any valid passport.
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