To get a Canadian visa, you’ll need to follow these general steps:
- Determine which type of visa you need: There are several types of visas available to visit Canada, including visitor visas, study permits, work permits, and permanent residency visas. You’ll need to determine which type of visa you need based on the purpose of your trip.
- Check your eligibility: Each type of visa has specific eligibility requirements. You’ll need to check the requirements for the visa you’re interested in to ensure that you’re eligible.
- Gather your documents: You’ll need to gather the necessary documents for your visa application. This may include your passport, a completed application form, photographs, proof of financial support, and other supporting documents.
- Submit your application: You can submit your application online or in-person at a visa application center. You’ll need to pay a fee when you submit your application.
- Wait for a decision: The processing time for Canadian visas can vary depending on the type of visa you’re applying for and other factors. You can check the current processing times on the Canadian government’s website.
- Prepare for your trip: If your visa application is approved, you’ll need to prepare for your trip to Canada, including booking flights and accommodations.
It’s important to note that the process for getting a Canadian visa can be complex and time-consuming. It’s recommended that you start the process well in advance of your planned travel dates.
How to apply
Before you apply for a visitor visa
- Get the documents you need for a visitor visa.
- Find out what to do for your biometrics (fingerprints and photo)
- Most applicants need to give their biometrics if it’s the first time they apply.
Get detailed instructions for your situation
Answer some questions to get specific instructions on how to apply for a visitor visa.