Can I travel to Canada with valid visa on old/expired passport?

  • I recently renewed my passport. I also have an expired passport which has my Canada visa (visitor's) valid for another three years. I have already used my Canadian visa which is multiple entry. I am planning to visit Canada this summer.

    Since my valid Canadian visa is in my old/expired passport, do I need to renew/transfer my Canada visa or can I simply travel with valid visa in old passport?

    What is the definition of valid visa? My canadian visa had expiry date same as the passport expiry date, and since the passport has expired since, does that mean the visa is also expired? When you guys say that you have valid on an expired passport, do you have the expiry date column in the visa as BLANK?

  • Ali Awan

    Ali Awan Correct answer

    4 years ago

    Do I need to renew/transfer my canada visa or can I simply travel with valid visa on old passport?

    You don't need to transfer your valid Canadian visa on your fresh passport. You can simply attach your old passport with your new one and can travel to Canada. Answer is from official Immigration And Citizenship EN4 Port Of Entry Examinations:

    13.18 Valid visas in expired passports

    Visa officers will not put a visa in an expired document and will not issue a visa for a period surpassing the expiry date of the passport or travel document. Occasionally, documents containing valid visas are cancelled or replaced. If a valid visa inside an expired document is presented at the POE along with a valid passport or travel document, the visa is considered valid.

    Therefore you will be fine and can simply travel to Canada with valid Canadian visa on old passport along with a valid new passport.

    **Do not attach anything to your passport**! Just bring the old and new passports and show them both together.

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