How to Apply for Canada Visa

Ever thought of applying for one? Here’s how

If you would like to travel to Canada for purposes aside from business or pleasure, it’s required of you to apply for a visa in the right category, like study or temporary work.

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According to statistics, over 200,000 people move to Canada every year from around the world as a results of the endless opportunities the country has got to provide.

However, it’s been discovered that over 200,000 application for Canada visa are also denied every year. And though the reason for this can be uncertain, words have it that in most cases it’s as results of not applying properly.

Here are steps by steps guide you need to apply for one:

1. Know the type of visa you need before applying for one

If you want to travel to Canada for purposes other than business or pleasure, it is required of you to apply for a visa in the right category, such as study or temporary work.

Every year, over 35 million people choose to visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities which Canada has to offer, including visiting family and friends.

Effective 31 July 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) at a Visa Application Centre when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are a national of a country or territory in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, or if you are a national of a country that is already biometrics required. Visit Canada.gc.ca/biometrics for more information.

Please Click Here to verify if you are required to enrol biometrics.

If you wish to travel to Canada for purposes other than business or pleasure, you are required to apply for a visa in the right category, such as study or temporary work.

  • Visit as a tourist
  • Visit your children or grandchildren
  • Visit on business
  • Extend your stay
  • Travel through Canada without visiting
  • Carry proper identification
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  • Visit as a tourist

You may visit Canada as a tourist to enjoy the many opportunities the country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.

  • Visit your children or grandchildren

If you are the parents and/or grandparents of citizens of Canada and permanent residents, you can apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa to visit Canada for up to two years without the need to renew your status.

  • Visit on business

You may visit Canada on business to look for investment opportunities, or to advance existing business relationships.

  • Extend your stay

You are required to apply before your status expires. Please visit extend your stay in Canada.

  • Travel through Canada without visiting

If you belong to a country or territory whose citizens require a visa to enter Canada you will need a transit visa if you plan to travel through Canada without stopping or visiting. There is no fee for a transit visa. For further details please see the IRCC Help Centre.

  • Carry proper identification

Please ensure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you. Some people may not require a visa to enter Canada, but may need specific documentation to return to their home country. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.

  • Need Help?

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Top questions

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  • Do I need a visa if I am travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting?
  • How do I get help if my visa application is refused?
  • Do I have to give my biometrics?

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2. Carefully go through the whole information

It is expected of you to go through the visa/permit requirements that is on the IRCC website,carefully and download the appropriate application forms. Refer to the Prepare Your Application page to obtain details on visas/permits.

As of 23 October 2013, Nigerian citizens between the ages of 14 and 79 must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit.

This new requirement affects citizens of 29 countries and 1 territory. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.


3. Fill application form electronically

Fill out the application form electronically with other relevant document. And when you do your printing, it is advisable to use a laser printer to print out the forms on a white, bond quality, non-glossy paper.

Note: The barcoded sheets should be included.

It is also expected of you to fill, sign, and attach the waiver form to your application form if you cannot provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC document checklist.

However, it is important to note that failure to provide a complete and signed waiver form will lead to delay or refusal of your application.

4. Fill VFS consent

Fill out the VFS consent form after reading the attached privacy policy and attach it to your application form. You should bear in mind that if a completed and signed VFS consent form is not included with the application, you will NOT be assisted; meaning your application will be returned.

5. Pay visa and biometric fee if required

Pay visa fees and biometric fee if required, as per instructions in the Canadian Visa office website. And note that when submitting the application via the CVAC, in person or by mail, visa fees must be paid in addition to CVAC (VFS Global) service charge.

6. Be ready to provide all necessary document when going to CVAC

Ensure to go with your passport, photographs, completed forms and all supporting documents and photocopies as per checklist and IRCC fee and payment instructions when going to your local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).

Noe that applicable service charges will be levied. DO NOT submit your application by mail to this CVAC.

7. Obtain your receipt

Pay the service charges CVAC and hand in your complete application. Remember to obtain a receipt because the receipt contains a unique tracking number which will enable you to track the progress of your application online.

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