When Is a Visa Required to Visit Canada?


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U.S citizens need Canadian visas if they are planning to work in Canada or study in an academic program for longer than six months. Most other visits do not require a visa.

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American citizens can visit Canada for up to 180 days without a visa. If tourists plan to stay longer than that, they can apply for a 30-day extension. Americans do not need a visa to enter Canada for business purposes unless they plan to stay longer than six months. Short-term events, like conferences and meetings, do not require a visa. Most American citizens who plan to work for a Canadian company need a work permit, though regulations around this vary depending on the industry.

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