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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can issue a visitor record in the following situations:
A CBSA border services officer can issue a visitor record to a temporary resident at the point of entry upon arrival in Canada.
When a foreign national arrives at a point of entry, an officer may issue a visitor record to register an authorized period of stay other than the 6-month standard for the following reasons, but not limited to:
The IRCC officers at a case processing center may issue a visitor record to a temporary resident for the following purposes:
Section 183 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) outlines the conditions imposed on all temporary residents:
Section R185 states that an officer may impose, modify or cancel the following specific conditions on a temporary resident:
A multiple entry visa allows you, as long as it is valid, to stay in Canada for a period of up to six months as many times as you wish. It is valid for a maximum period of 10 years or up to one month before your passport expires, whichever is shorter. You must arrive in Canada no later than the expiration date of your visa.
A single-entry visa allows you to stay in Canada only once. For example, you will only be entitled to a single entry visa if:
In most cases, when you leave Canada, you will need to obtain a new visa to return.
If you are traveling directly to the United States (including its territories and possessions) or to St. Pierre and Miquelon, you do not need a new visitor visa to return to Canada.