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FAQ - St. Lucia and St. Vincent visitors

Q: I am from St Lucia/St. Vincent. Do I need a temporary resident visa to visit Canada?

A: Yes. Since 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 11, 2012, you need a temporary resident visa to travel to Canada.

If you are in transit to Canada at the time the visa requirement takes effect and are not otherwise inadmissible to Canada, you will be able to receive a temporary resident permit on arrival in Canada, free of charge, until 11:59 p.m. EDT September 12.

Q: Why do I need a visa to visit Canada?

A: All visitors to Canada need a temporary resident visa, except citizens of countries exempted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Canada assesses several factors when deciding whether a country’s citizens need a visa. St. Lucia and St. Vincent no longer meet all of the criteria for visa exemption.

Q: I already have my ticket to Canada. Do I now need to get a visa?

A: Yes. You need to apply for a temporary resident visa at the Canadian visa office in Port of Spain. If you need to travel to Canada quickly, check the visa office website to learn about your options.

Q: I am living in St. Lucia/St. Vincent and want to travel to Canada. How can I apply for a visa?

A: You need to apply for a temporary resident visa at the visa office in Port of Spain. You can apply by mail, by courier or in person.

In the coming months travellers to Canada will be able to apply online for all temporary resident visas.

Q: I am living outside St. Lucia/St. Vincent and want to travel to Canada. How can I apply for a visa?

A: If you do not live in your home country or are visiting another country en route to Canada, you may apply for a temporary resident visa at the nearest Canadian visa office.

Q:  Will I need to have an interview to travel to Canada?

A: Perhaps. Most applicants do not need an interview. If you do need an interview, the visa office will contact you to arrange one.

Q: Will I need a medical exam to get a visa?

A: You probably will not need a medical exam. However, you may need one if you are planning to stay longer than six months or going to Canada to work in a job—such as teacher or hospital worker—that poses unique public health risks.

Q: How long will it take to get a visa, once I apply?

A: Check the processing times for the visa office in Port of Spain.

If you are planning to travel to Canada in the next few months, please apply as soon as possible.

Q: I have a valid, multiple-entry visa. Can I use that visa to travel to Canada?

A: Yes. If your multiple-entry visa has not expired, you may use it to travel to Canada.

Q: I travel to Canada often. Do I need to apply for a visa each time?

A: You should apply for a multiple-entry visa, which is valid for up to 10 years. Multiple-entry visas cannot be issued beyond the date that your passport expires. Check with the visa office in Port of Spain for details on how to apply.

Q: How much does a visa cost?

A: Check with the visa office in Port of Spain for information on fees.

Q: Do I need a visa to work or study in Canada?

A: Yes, you need a temporary resident visa. You may also need a work or study permit. Check with the visa office in Port of Spain for details.

Submit applications for study and work permits to the visa office. If you have applied for a study or work permit, you do not need to apply separately for a temporary resident visa. Your work or study permit will include a temporary resident visa.

Q: I am currently in Canada as a visitor/student/temporary worker. How can I extend my stay?

A: The new visa requirement came into effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 11, 2012. If you were already in Canada at that time, you can remain in Canada, subject to the terms of your authorized stay. Visitor status is shown by a stamp in your passport, visitor record, work permit or study permit.

If you need an extension, you must apply to CIC’s processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta, before your status expires.

During your stay in Canada, you can travel to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon while your work permit, study permit, visitor record, or visitor status is still valid. If you travel anywhere else outside Canada, you will need a temporary resident visa to re-enter Canada.

 Q: I am currently in Canada as a student/temporary worker. How can I leave and re-enter Canada?

A: If you have a valid study or work permit, you can apply for a temporary resident visa at our Case Processing Pilot office in Ottawa, an extension of CIC’s overseas network.

Note that you can only apply in Canada if:

  • You are a legally admitted student or temporary foreign worker in Canada with a Canadian residential address,
  • your current temporary resident status is still valid; and
  • you require a new temporary resident visa to return to Canada in the near future.

Q: I have U.S. residency (Green Card). Do I need a visa to visit Canada or can I use my Green Card?

A: As a U.S. Green Card holder, you do not need a temporary resident visa to travel to Canada. At the Canadian border, you will need to present your valid passport and Green Card.

Q: I am a seasonal agricultural worker. How do visa requirements affect me?

A: You will receive a visa when you get your work permit.

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Date Modified:
2012-09-11