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I need to go to Montréal for my studies. My girlfriend wants to follow. We decided that she will stay as a tourist. (We're French.)

Someone told me that the maximum stay as a tourist in Canada was 3 months. However, I can't find this information online. In fact, I can't find any information about the duration of the stay.

Can she stay for 4 months?

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Most visitors to Canada can be granted a stay of up to six months (fr) from the date of entry. But the border officer may decide to grant a shorter stay in some circumstances.

A border services officer at the port of entry in Canada will determine how long you can stay in Canada. Most visitors are allowed a six-month stay from the day they entered Canada. If the officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in your passport the date by which you must leave Canada.

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.


Un agent des services frontaliers au point d’entrée canadien déterminera combien de temps vous pouvez rester au pays. La plupart des visiteurs sont autorisés à séjourner au Canada pendant six mois après la date de leur arrivée. Si l’agent autorise un séjour de moins de six mois, il devra indiquer dans votre passeport la date à laquelle vous devez quitter le pays.

Si vous souhaitez rester au-delà de la période autorisée, vous devez présenter une demande de prolongation au moins 30 jours avant la fin de votre séjour.

  • Thanks a lot. If I get it right, she will only need an eTA ? Plus passport of course. – user43870 May 21 '16 at 10:45
  • Right, passport and eTA. And of course money :) – Michael Hampton May 21 '16 at 10:45
  • Someone told me at a travel agence that she might need a roud-trip ticket to stay as a visitor. Is this true ? – user43870 May 21 '16 at 10:51
  • Canada doesn't require return tickets, but they do require that you can afford to purchase one. You may be asked to show financial means at the border, especially for a long visit. – Michael Hampton May 21 '16 at 10:53
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    @gerrit there are many things in this world that are not needed but are nonetheless helpful. – phoog May 22 '16 at 3:24

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