Canada Visa Application and FAQ


Requirements for flying or transiting through Canada

Most visitors flying to or transiting through Canada require a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA),  To fly to or transit through Canada without a visa, you must meet the following requirements :

  • You must be a citizen of a visa-free country.
  • You must have the correct travel documents and IDs for you and any children traveling with you.
  • You must have valid electronic travel authorization (eTA).

Applying for a Canadian visa is required if you are going on vacation, joining family, or residing in Canada or on a business trip. Normally, you should be able to apply for the required Canadian visa online/at the nearest Canadian embassy in your country of residence.

General Visa Requirements and Validity Period of Canadian Visa

Before you apply for a visa to Canada,  you should check if you can apply for a Canadian visa.

  1. You do not expect to perform unpaid work that would otherwise be performed by a paid employee in Canada.
  2. You do not mean to participate in an employment relationship in Canada.
  3. You do not mean to offer services to Canadian organisations (this is allowed with a Canadian work visa or business visa).
  4. You do not intend to offer or market product or services to consumers in Canada.
  5. You and your relative are not in debt to the Canada Government.
  6. You do not pose a threat to the health or safety and security of residents of Canada.
  7. You are able to show that you have adequate funds to pay for your trip and return from Canada.

Requirements For Canada Visa Application Online

Visitor visa Form for Canada – Completed Canadian visa application form.

1. Original and signed passport – The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months prior to going into Canada and three months after departing Canada. It should have a minimum of two extra visa pages and can not be older than ten years.

2. Passport type photo – The photo should be no older than six months and should be 35 x 40mm in size.

3. Previous passport – Provide a previous passport if you had any.

4. Previous visas – Copies of previous Canadian visa details if you had any.

For students. Please give the following:

  • ·Proof of present student status: Certificate of Enrollment.
  • ·Original and signed letter from university written on university letterhead paper, confirming ongoing enrolment, confirming the payment of tuition fees or any type of scholarships, and confirming term break.
  • ·Insurance coverage from Organisation/University– Offer a letter from the University stating the purpose, duration of travel and confirmation that you are going to be covered by the insurance coverage for the whole trip together with the Certificate of Currency and summary of benefits.

In general, visa applications for Canadian visas must be submitted for a maximum of 6 months, and no behind 15 days, before the trip.

Canada Visa Eligibility

You must meet some basic requirements to get a visitor visa. You must:

  • have a valid travel document, like a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • have enough money for your stay

FAQs: Canada Visa FAQ

1. Is Canada’s visitor visa open?

Canada will begin accepting visitor visa applications on September 7, 2021. However, only visitors who qualify for the fully vaccinated travel exemption may enter Canada. Please note the requirements listed above.

2. Is Canada’s visitor visa multiple entries?

All applicants will be considered for a multiple-entry visa, which allows you to travel to Canada as often as you like for a period of six months. However, not all applicants are eligible for a multiple-entry visa. This is at the discretion of a visa officer.

3. Can Canada’s visitor visa transfer to a work permit?

On August 24, 2020, IRCC introduced a new COVID-19 policy that allows visitors currently in Canada who have a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, take up work without to leave the country.

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