Parents of international students can come to visit them in Canada with a visitor visa. Your parents can stay in Canada for six months on visitor status. Additionally, to improve your parents’ or family members’ probability of being admitted to Canada, you must provide some supporting documents.
This article will help you understand how international students can apply visitor visa for their parents.
Visitor visa applicant should have/fulfill following criteria:
- A valid travel document, like a passport
- Be in good health
- No criminal or immigration-related convictions
- Convince an immigration officer that visa applicant has strong ties with home country.
- Convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
- Enough money to pay for air ticket and support their stay in Canada
List of supporting documents
- Letter of Invitation: A copy of the letter from the international student inviting their parent to Canada. It confirms applicants valid purpose for visiting Canada. You must include this information about the parent(s)
- Complete name, date of birth, address and telephone number, your relationship to the person.
- The purpose of the trip, how long the person plans to stay in Canada, where the person will stay, and when the person plans to leave Canada.
- Parent(s) Bank Account Statement (Optional, but highly important to make case strong): It should contain Bank name and contact, name and address on the statement, and at least 6 months of account details, including balances.
- Parent(s) employment letter (if applicable). It can definitely help in convincing visa officer that your parent(s) will have to go back and resume their job. The letter should be printed on employer’s official letterhead and include:
- Date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply and confirmation that you have a job with the employer
- Full name, date of birth, date the job started, brief description of the job, current salary
- Contact information of your manager, phone number, email address employer information, company name, address, street, city, state/province, country
- Signature of employer. Manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.
- Family information form (IMM 5645)
Additional Supporting Documents
Include documents demonstrating your status in Canada, such as:
- Study permit and an official enrolment letter from your school or college; or
- Post-graduate work permit and employer letter confirming your job
If you completed your program, provide:
- a copy of your study permit
- an official letter of completion
- If you applied for your PGWP but have yet to receive it, share the Letter of Confirmation that IRCC sends to confirm that your application was received.
How To Apply
You can apply online via new IRCC portal. There are three easy steps:
- Create an account on new IRCC portal and sign in
- Complete the online form and upload your documents
- Pay $100 processing fee using credit card or prepaid card from Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, JCB® and UnionPay®.
It’s usually advisable to deposit $85 biometric fee along with processing fee.
Note: This article is for informational purposes, so please do your due diligence before applying.
Kamal Deep Singh, RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) licensed by CICC (formerly known as ICCRC) with member number R708618. He brings extensive knowledge of immigration law and new changes to rapidly evolving IRCC.