Canada has much to offer visitors. In addition to sightseeing and tourism, visitors can enter Canada for noble and heroic efforts such as organ donation to those in need. Under the Organ Donor Visitor visa, foreigners can enter Canada for the purpose of donating a potentially lifesaving organ to a Canadian resident in need of medical assistance. Applicants must intend to come to Canada temporarily and refrain from engaging in work or study and respect the terms of their entry to Canada.

Although this visa does not entitle applicants to work in Canada, it does offer them the chance to provide the necessary and often lifesaving organ donation for the recipient.


Applicants from designated countries must obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) prior to their arrival in Canada; otherwise, a TRV is not required. Applicants not from a visa-exempt country who intends to travel to Canada to complete an organ donation can obtain a visa under this category. In addition, all applicants are required to possess a valid passport, respect the terms of their entry to Canada, and ensure that they are criminally and medically admissible to enter Canada.

In addition, Organ Donor applicants must provide documentation to support their intended organ donation activities in Canada and related costs. Specifically:

  • Medical compatibility between the donor and the recipient;
  • Evidence of satisfactory financial arrangements to cover costs related to the organ donation; and
  • Evidence that a sale of the human organs is not being transacted.

Organ Donor Visitor Visa Entitlements


An organ donor is free to travel anywhere throughout Canada and there are numerous Canadian centres conducting organ transplants. In addition to organ donation, visitors are entitled to use their time in Canada to visit with family, friends and experience Canada’s many attractions, if they are medically fit to do so. During their stay, visitors can meet with prospective employers or recruiters and seek out employment opportunities, explore schools and educational institutions to pursue further studies and explore options for extending their stay in Canada.