“What’s the difference between a permit and a visa?”
It’s a question we get asked a lot, and it’s a common point of confusion for many people navigating Canada’s immigration process for the first time. Understanding the difference between a visa and a permit is important for anyone coming to Canada as a worker, student, or visitor because they are different documents that allow you to do different things.
Failing to comply with the terms of your visa/permit is unlawful and could result in consequences that may impact your ability to travel to and/or remain in Canada.
That’s why, in this article, we’ll explain the differences between a visa and a permit, and help you understand what you need in order to legally work or study in Canada.