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Canada is the world’s second largest country which racks up an astonishing diversity of landscapes; vast prairies rise abruplty to glacier-stopped mountains. The millions of visitors and immigrants travel Canada every year with their different goals, ambition and future aspects. Canada is among the most ideal countries to live and work, bussiness and study.
A foreign national wishing to enter Canada must obtain a temporary resident visa from one of the Canadian diplomatic missions unless he or she holds a passport issued by one of the 54 eligible visa exempt countries and territories or proof of permanent residence in the United States.
Holders of passports issued by the following countries and territories are able to visit Canada without obtaining a visa for a period of up to six months. They are required to obtain an eTA if they arrive by air, except for U.S. nationals and citizens of France residing in Saint Pierre and Miquelon arriving directly from the territory, who are exempt from the eTA requirement.
All European Union citizens
Papua New Guinea
United Arab Emirates
An eTA is mandatory for all visa-exempt nationals (except for U.S. citizens and nationals) and U.S. permanent residents who are not otherwise visa-exempt when arriving by air regardless of purpose of entry or whether they have a valid study or work permit.
There are two general categories of the Canada Visa. These are Temporary Canada Visas and Permanent Canada Visas. Temporary visas allow the holder to stay in Canada for a limited amount of time for purposes of tourism, visit to family, studying, or working. Permanent visas allow the holder to move to Canada permanently to work and be on a path to a Canadian citizenship.
– You must have a valid travel document (such as a passport).
– Two recent passport photos are required. Make sure these photos meet the requirements. For more information on specifications for photographs, see the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.
– Enclose the application fee. Your fee will not be refunded, even if your application is not accepted.
– You must provide proof that you have enough money for your visit to Canada. The amount of money may vary, depending on the circumstances for your visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives. You can get more information from the Canadian visa office in your country or region.
– You may need to include other documents. These documents could be identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from relatives or friends in Canada, or a proposed itinerary. Check the website of the visa office responsible for the country or region where you live for more information.
1. Proof of acceptance
2. Proof of identity
3. Proof of financial support
4. Letter of explanation
5. TOEFL / IELTS score, if applicable
6. Visa fee to be payable by Bank draft
7. Copies of Academic Mark sheets and Certificates
8. Work Experience Certificates, if applicable
In addition to these documents, you may have to provide other information when you apply for a study permit.
If you are not a citizen of the country where you submit your application, you may have to provide proof of your present immigration status in the country where you apply.
If the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a re-entry permit, you must obtain one before you apply for a Canadian visa. Other documents may also be required.
The fees listed are in Canadian dollars (C$).
Study permit (including extensions)
Work permit (including extensions)
Work permit – maximum fee for groups of performing artists and their staff
Visitor visa – single entry or multiple entry (including extensions)
Visitor visa – maximum fee for family
Visitor record (including extensions)
If your status in Canada has expired within the last 90 days, you will need to apply for restoration and pay a restoration fee of C$200.
You can either apply online or through submitting the application form at the Embassy. The only thing to note here is that you need to apply in person for the interview and carry all the necessary documents along with you.
It usually takes 10-14 days. But sometimes, it can take as long as one month, depending on the circumstances. Processing time for Canada visa can be anywhere from 5 to 50 days depending on where you are applying from.
Sometimes. Many countries require a “Transit Visa" for stops in the airport, even just to change airplanes. Please check the visa information page for the specific country to determine if you will have to get a transit visa for that country.
Read the instructions carefully and fulfill all the requirements. Make sure you have included all required and necessary documents. Make sure the application forms are typed or printed legibly in dark ink. SIGN THE FORMS! Make sure your photos are new and in colour if required, and show an uncovered face. If possible, include a copy of your air ticket or travel itinerary from your travel agent. Make sure you have included letters from your company if on a business trip, or letters from the other parent if you are travelling with your child. In short, be clear and truthful and prepared.
Most ordinary visas are valid for up to ninety (90) days. This means you may remain in the country for up to ninety days before you must, by law, leave. Some visas have a far shorter validity, and others can be extended once inside the country.
You can always re-apply. But this time, make sure to determine all the red flags which caused the denial and do not make the same things again.
It is not mandatory but I always recommend getting one. You’ll never know what will happen on your trip so getting one is a MUST for me.