Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.
At the port of entry, the border service officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document.
If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.
If you want to stay longer than your authorized stay, you should apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.
Primary Inspection Kiosks
If you arrive at one of Canada busiest international airports, you can now verify your identity and make an on-screen declaration using primary inspection kiosks.
The CBSA, in collaboration with airport authorities, began introducing these new kiosks in March 2017 and continued installing them at Canada’s major airports.
How to use the kiosks
Up to 5 travellers with the same place of residence can use a kiosk together.
Who can use the kiosks?
Who cannot use the kiosks?
These travellers will be directed to a border services officer for in-person processing.
Where to find them
Kiosks are available at the following locations:
Passport stamping for permanent residents and foreign nationals
If the border services officer authorizes a period of stay of some other duration, either more or less than 6 months, the officer may issue you a document and should stamp your passport indicating the date by which you must leave Canada.