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Canada Visitor Visa – Know The Steps To Apply

Last Updated On 20 March 2023, 10:17 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

If you want to explore Canada as a tourist, visit family, or enter Canada temporarily, you require a Canadian visitor visa.

Moreover, the Canadian government has removed all the COVID related restrictions and all the foreign nationals are eligible to visit Canada now.

Best thing about visitor visa is you don’t need any language test such as IELTS.

Furthermore, you get insight to Canadian lifestyle. Also, there is no age limit to apply for visitor visa.

This article will help identify the requirements to enter Canada and discuss how to apply for a visitor visa.

The Canadian visitor visa, officially known as a temporary resident visa is often multiple-entry visa for up to 10 years or one month before the passport expiry (whichever date comes first).

You cannot stay in Canada for more than 6 months, until or unless you apply for an extension or exit and re-enter Canada after 24 hours.

Who Can Visit Canada? 

Currently, there are no COVID related restriction to enter Canada. Unvaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Canada.

How to Apply for Your Visitor Visa

Depending on the purpose of your visa, you must choose between a single entry or multiple entry visa. Upon your decision, prepare documents to demonstrate that you meet the Canadian visitor visa criteria.

Step 1: Prepare your documents. 

Below is the list of supporting documents for the Canadian visitor visa application: 

  • ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper – optional)
  • Travel history
  • Itinerary
  • Letter of invitation if visiting friend or family
  • Account Statement  
  • Use of representative 
  • Family information   

Step 2: Apply Online 

Create an account or sign in on your IRCC portal, verify your email and fill out your online visa application form. You may need to fill out the following details in your visa application: 

  • Personal details
  • Travel document details
  • Finances
  • Education history
  • Criminality and security
  • Medical background

After filling in your details, pay the visa application fee of $100 and the biometrics fees of $85 towards the application’s last stages. 

Note that you have 60 days to submit a complete application, beginning when you start your application. The system will delete your information after 60 days.  

Step 3: Give your biometrics and photo

Book your appointment with the closest VFS Global after submitting your application.

You’ll receive a biometrics instruction letter to book your VFS appointment. Also, take a print and keep this letter safe. 

On your appointment day, an official will gather the required documents, biometrics information and photographs.

Then, after your application is submitted, you’ll receive a unique tracking number. 

Step 4: Wait for decision on your application. Use this unique tracking number to know when your passport is ready for collection.

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