I am sent to US relatively frequently by my company for 2 week periods ,alone, but on a very short notice

I would like to use one such visit to visit Canada as well, but cannot make concrete plans since my US visit plans themselves are decided 3 days in advance at best. In such a situation, is it possible to even get a tourist visa for Canada? (flights from India to Canada are EXPENSIVE, Seattle to Canada should be way cheaper)

  • Seattle to Vancouver you could even take the bus, both Boltbus and Quick Shuttle provides service.
    – user4188
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 7:50
  • @chx Or the Cascades train
    – Crazydre
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 14:32

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It's probably not necessary to have specific travel plans, but it will be helpful to have a general idea of what and where you want to visit (for instance, "I want to spend a day visiting the Vancouver Aquarium and another day visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery").

Canada consular officers aren't looking for specific travel plans anyway, and most countries advise visa applicants to not finalize travel plans before a visa is approved anyway.

What they are looking for is:

  • Do your have strong ties to your home country?
  • Will you depart Canada within the time allotted for your visit?
  • Do you have enough money to support yourself while visiting?

As a frequent business visitor to the US, it should be very easy for you to prove these.

  • @Blackbird57 It looked like the right form to me. The thing is, in this person's case it's not possible to have a detailed itinerary in advance. He could make one up, but a (possibly written) explanation of the situation combined with his large collection of passport admittance stamps from the US ought to be sufficient. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 17:45
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    Funny how I know the names and requirements to other countries but not those where I live :) Anyway, the average wait times exceeds his notice even in the best of cases
    – blackbird
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 17:48

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