Getting Canada Visitor Visa in easy steps
By Olushola Samuel
On the other hand, a single-entry visa permits a one-time visit to Canada, with validity extending up to six months from your arrival date. In the case of single-entry visas, ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return to your country.
Visa processing times vary, taking up to 30 days based on factors such as application type, application volume, and the completeness of your submission. Once processed, you can collect your passport and visa either from the application center or have them delivered through a courier service.
How to Apply for a Canada Visa Online
Whether you are applying online through the IRCC online application system or physically through a visa application centre, you will need to follow these steps:
• Download the Document Checklist, Visitor Visa (IMM 5257), and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
• Completely fill the application forms and gather all your supporting documents (as listed below).
• If applicable, complete the VFS consent form. When using a third-party provider, such as VFS Global, you will need to submit a consent form along with your application or your application will be returned to you.
• Pay the visa fees.
• Submit your application to your local visa application centre. Be sure to bring along all the documents stated in the document checklist and an accepted form of payment (cash is recommended).
• Pay the service charge and obtain a receipt with a unique tracking number which you can use to track the progress of your application online.
• If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents, you will need to complete a waiver form and attach it to your application or you risk being denied your Canada visa.
Canada Visitor Visa Fees
The visa fees for a Visitor Visa may vary depending on if you pay online or in person at a visa application centre. But generally, there are two types of fees: an application processing fee and a biometric fee.
Estimated fees when paying online and applying in person:
Processing fee – about 68 US Dollars
Biometrics (per person) - about 58 US Dollars
Estimated fees when applying through the VFS Global Visa Application Centre:
Processing fee – about about 68 US Dollars
Biometrics (per person) – about 58 US Dollars
Service charge – about about 41 US Dollars
Canada Visitor Visa Required Document
✓Completed Visitor Visa (IMM 5257) and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
✓Your original and copy of your Nigerian passport. The passport will need to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return and have at least two blank pages.
✓Two colour photographs that meet the visa photo requirements.
✓Proof of application processing fee and, if applicable, biometric fee.
✓Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the trip (i.e. three months’ bank statements, payslips, proof of investments etc.).
✓If you are not paying for the trip you will need a letter from the person or institution sponsoring your trip and additional documents (i.e. a copy of their passport and a bank statement proving they have sufficient funds).
✓Proof of ties to home country (i.e. employment letter, proof of businesses or assets etc.).
✓Copy of provisional flight booking and travel itinerary (i.e. accommodation reservations).
✓You may need to provide a medical history or proof of good health.
✓Previous passports showing travel history.
✓Additional documents to support your application (i.e. marriage certificates, invitation letters etc.).
✓A self-addressed return courier envelope.
✓Minors (under 18) travelling alone will need a letter of authorisation signed by both parents or legal guardians. For minors travelling with one parent, a letter of authorisation from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian is required.
✓If you are visiting family, friend or travelling for business you will need an invitation letter detailing the nature of the visit, length of stay, details of the host person or business, etc.
✓Paper photographs are not required if you need to supply biometrics.
✓Detailed document checklist for Visitor Visa.
Note: Documents may vary if you are applying through VFS Global.
Where and How can I apply for Canada Visitor Visa?
There are two options when applying for a Canada visitor visa: online or through a VFS Global Visa Application Centre. The visa process can take some time so using a visa application centre is recommended if you have the option.
To apply online you will need to have access to a scanner to create digital copies of your documents and a credit card to pay the processing and biometric fees.
Online applications can be done through the IRCC website.
Once your passport and visa (if applicable) are ready for collection, you have the option of collecting it from the Visa Application Centre or having it couriered to your chosen address. The courier service will be paid for when you submit your application.
When collecting your passport in person, you will need the following documents:
The application checklist provided to you by VFS Global when you submitted your application.
Your original identity card or other official document.