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What’s the different between a visitor visa and a visitor record?

Visitor visa:
A visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa) is an official document that citizens
from visa-required countries need to get to travel to and enter Canada as a visitor for up to 6
months.
o The visitor visa is sticked in your passport.
o It shows that you meet the requirements to enter Canada.
o It includes the date by which you must arrive in Canada. The date is not an expiry date
for your stay in Canada.
If you apply for a study or work permit for the first time, you will automatically get a visitor visa
when your application is approved.
• Visitor record:
A visitor record is a document that a border services officer may issue to you to extend or
restrict your stay in Canada. If you want to stay in Canada for more than 6 months, you have to
tell the border services officer.
You may also get a visitor record after your application to extend your stay or restore your
status is approved. A visitor record is issued either by the Canada Border Services Agency or
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
You need to apply for a visitor record when:
o You first arrive at the port of entry and you know you want to stay longer than 6
months; or
o You’re in Canada and decide you want to stay longer.
o You must apply at least 30 days before your authorized stay in Canada expires.
o It’s an independent document (not placed in your passport).
o It includes an expiry date for your stay in Canada. That’s the date by which you must
leave Canada.
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