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Canada Visitor Visa Letter Of Invitation – All You Need To Know

Last Updated On 16 January 2023, 10:21 AM EST (Toronto Time)

If you are in Canada on a valid status, you can prepare a letter of invitation inviting your family member, relative or friend on a visitor visa.

This letter of invitation will be required by the visitor visa applicant outside Canada.

However, an invitation letter does not guarantee you will receive the visa.

Even with the invitation letter, the visa officer will evaluate your application to decide if you meet all the requirements. 

This article will help you understand the letter of invitation requirements and the information you should include about the person you are inviting and yourself. 

Information to include “about the person” you invite in the invitation letter

 Writing an invitation letter does not imply that you are legally responsible for the visitor once they arrive in Canada.

Still, you should write the letter in good faith. You must tell the truth and intend to follow through on the promises you make in the letter.

Send your letter (notarized if the visa office requests it) to the person you invite to Canada.

When applying for a temporary resident visa outside of Canada, the person must submit this letter to the Canadian embassy or consulate.

You must include the following information about the person to whom you are inviting:

  • The person’s complete name (as mentioned on the passport)
  • DOB-date of birth 
  • Contact number and address 
  • your relationship with the person 
  • Purpose of the trip 
  • Person’s duration of stay in Canada 
  • The place where the person will be staying and how they will pay for things, and 
  • When they plan to leave Canada 

Information to include about yourself in the letter of invitation for Visitor Visa

When drafting an invitation letter, you must include the following information about yourself. These include:

  • Your complete name 
  • DOB-date of birth 
  • Your Canadian contact number and address 
  • Your job title 
  • Specify whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident 
  • Provide evidence of your status in Canada, such as a photocopy of the following:
    • Provide your Canadian birth certificate (if applicable)
    • Copy of your Canadian citizenship card if you are a naturalized citizen, or 
    • If you are a permanent resident, provide proof of your PR card or IMM 1000 proof of landing
  • Include your family details, such as:
    • Names and date of birth of your spouse and dependents (this information is mandatory for parents and grandparent super visa)
  • Information about the total number of people living in your households, such as people you sponsored and their sponsorship, is still in effect. (this information is mandatory for parents and grandparent super visa). 

Source: IRCC

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