Canada Visa Requirements

Here are the documents required for a Canada visa:

  • Your passport.
  • Appropriate Canada visa application form.
  • Proof of paid Canada visa fees.
  • Proof of clean criminal record.
  • Proof of being in good health through a medical exam.
  • Photographs in accordance with the photo requirements for Canada visa.
  • Proof of financial means.
  • Proof you will return to your home country once the Canadian visa expires.
  • Identity and Civil Status Documents.
  • A cover letter that explains the purpose of your travel to Canada.
  • Letter of support/invitation to Canada.
Visa Specific Requirements

Other than the general requirements for a Canadian visa, there are specific requirements based on the type of visa you are applying for, such as:

To apply for a Tourist Visa for Canada, you will also have to submit some documents, as follows:

  • Standard requirements for Canada visa.
  • Canada Tourist Visa Application Form.
  • Your bank or other financial statements to prove you have enough funds for the trip to Canada.
  • A travel itinerary if you have already booked your air tickets, or just a description of what you plan to do once in Canada.
  • A Canada visa letter of invitation from your family or friends if you are visiting them.
  • Proof of the relationship if you are visiting your family.
  • The immigration statuses of your family or friends if you are visiting them.
  • Bank statements or other financial statements of your friends or family if you are visiting them.
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a Tourist visa.
  • Two photos that meet the Canada Photo Requirements.
  • Your employment or education status through a resume or diplomas, as well as a letter from your employer stating that you have contractual obligations to fulfill and you must return to your home country.
  • Proof that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your home country once your visit is over, such as a lease, property deed, and so on.
  • Proof that you do not plan to work or study in Canada.
  • Court documents that prove you have a clean criminal history.

All the documents that you have that are in another language other than English or French should be translated.

Canada Student Visa Requirements

When you complete the forms, you will also have to submit the following supporting documents:

  • Your passport scan to prove that it is valid.
  • Your travel history, meaning your whole passport scanned to also prove that you have blank pages in it.
  • Letters from the court and police in your country to prove you have a clean criminal record;
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a visa and study permit.
  • Two photos that meet the Canada Photo Requirements.
  • Medical examinations.
  • Your employment or education status through a resume or diplomas.
  • Proof that you can cover the expenses of studying in Canada (tuition and living costs) through one of the following:
    • You must have proof of a Canadian bank account that is in your name;
    • You must have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) issued by a Canadian financial institution.
    • You must have proof that you have taken a student loan from a bank.
    • You must have bank statements for at least the past 4 months.
    • You must have proof that you have already paid your tuition and housing fees.
    • You must have a letter from a person or institution giving you money.
    • You must have proof that you have a scholarship.
  • If you are going to study in Quebec, then you will also need to submit a Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) which is issued by the Quebec government. You will get the instructions from your school on how to apply for a CAQ.
  • You must submit a letter of explanation saying why you want to study in Canada and guaranteeing that you accept and understand your responsibilities as a student in Canada.
  • If a minor is going to Canada to study and need a custodian that is not a parent of the minor, then you also need to submit a Custodian Declaration Form which states who the custodian of the child is and must be signed by the parents or legal guardians of the child.
  • If you are applying for the first time, then a document number on the study permit that is called a Unique Client Identifier (UCI) is not required for you. If you have applied for a study permit before, you are required to write your study permit document number which you can find in any letters that have been sent to you by the Canadian Government.
  • If your family members (spouse or common law partner and minor children) are also accompanying you, you must also have the application forms ready for them and apply together as a family.

All the documents must be translated into English or French and you must have certifications and proof that the translation is correct. Once you submit all the documents, you can then proceed to submit the application and pay the fees.

Submit the application for Canada Work Visa and Permit

After the Canadian Government issues the LMIA to the company that has hired you, then it is time to apply for the Temporary Work Visa. You can do this online through the Government of Canada website or in person at any Canadian Consulate Office.

You must submit the application forms and the supporting documents which will be evaluated from the Consular officers. The officers might also ask you to have a medical examination as well as an interview to determine your eligibility and whether you would return from Canada after your work permit expires.

To apply for a Canadian work visa, you must submit the following application forms and supporting documents:

  • Application forms which include:
    • IMM 1295 – Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada.
    • Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa.
    • Family Information Form IMM 5645.
    • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union IMM 5409 (if applicable).
    • IMM 5476 – Use of Representative Form (if applicable).
    • IMM 5475 – Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (if applicable).
  • Your passport which must be valid for more than 6 months after your planned date of entry into Canada.
  • A photocopy of your passport and all its pages.
  • Two photos as per the Photo Requirements.
  • Proof of current immigration status (if your country of residence is different from your country of citizenship).
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • Copy of children’s birth certificates (if applicable).
  • Police record certificates. You must prove you have no criminal record in the past and that you have been a law-abiding citizen
  • Proof of having enough funds in your bank account to finance yours and your family’s stay in Canada as well as enough to return to your home country.
  • Your resume or CV.
  • Your education diplomas and certificates.
  • Valid job offer from your employer.
  • The LMIA document.
  • If you will be working in Quebec, you need a Certificate d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ).
  • Complete the medical examination. The officials of the Canadian Consulate may ask you to go through a medical exam to prove that you are in good health and able to work. You must follow their instructions and require a licensed doctor to sign your documents.

Completing the Documents for Super Visa Canada

Within the Super Visa application, you will also have to submit the following supporting documents:

  • The standard documents required for any visa for Canada.
  • Your bank or other financial statements to prove you have enough funds for the trip to Canada.
  • A travel itinerary if you have already booked your tickets, or just a description of what you plan to do once in Canada.
  • A letter of invitation from your child or grandchild in Canada.
  • Proof of relationship with the child or grandchild in Canada such as a birth certificate or other documents.
  • The immigration statuses in Canada of your child or grandchild.
  • Bank statements or other financial statements of your child or grandchild proving that they meet the Low-Income Cut Off minimum such as:
    • The latest copy of their Notice of Assessment.
    • The latest copy of their T4 or T1.
    • An original letter from your child’s or grandchild’s employer with their title, description, and annual salary.
    • Their employment insurance pay stubs.
    • If your child is self-employed, an accountant should confirm their annual income.
    • Proof of other sources of income such as investments, pensions, etc.
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a Super visa.
  • Two (2) photos in compliance with the Canada Photo guidelines.
  • Your employment or education status through a resume or diplomas, as well as a letter from your employer stating that you have contractual obligations to fulfill and you must return to your home country;
  • Other documents which prove you will return to your home country such as a lease, property deed, and so on.
  • Documents that prove that you do not plan to work or study in Canada.
  • Documents which prove that you have private medical insurance that is valid for a minimum of one year from a Canadian insurance company that covers the following:
    • Health care, repatriation, and hospitalization.
    • Has a minimum coverage of $100,000.
    • Has a validity for each entry to Canada.

Once you submit all the documents required for a Canada Super visa, you can then proceed to submit the application. After that, you will have to pay the Super visa application fee and your application will be completed.

Completing the document file for a Canada Business Visa

Within the application page, you will also have to submit the following supporting documents:

  • The required documents for every Canada visa application.
  • Complete travel itinerary if you have already booked your tickets, or just a description of what you plan to do once in Canada.
  • A letter of invitation for Canada visa application from the company you are visiting from the workshop, conference, or trade show organizers.
  • Registration documents of the company you work for.
  • A letter from your employer stating your job title, salary, and reason why you are visiting Canada;
  • Registration documents from the Canadian company which has invited you in Canada.
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a visa.
  • Two photographs that meet the Canada Photo Requirements.

Note: All documents must be in English or in French and if they have been translated, you must provide a certification that the translation is correct.

Once you submit all the documents, you can then proceed to submit the application. After that, you will have to pay the visa application fee and your application will be completed.

Required Documents for Canada Offical and Diplomatic Visa

You must submit the following supporting documents for a Canada Diplomatic and Official Visa:

  • The mandatory documents required for any Canadian visa.
  • One of the following statements:
    • A written requires from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state to which the head of mission or post is accredited, or for which the diplomatic mission or consular post has jurisdiction in visa matters.
    • A written request from a diplomatic mission or consular post of your government;
    • A written request from an international organization listed in the Temporary Worker Guidelines.
    • A letter from the Secretariat of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for which the diplomat or official will work with, signed by or on behalf of the Secretary General.
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a Diplomatic and Official visa.
  • Two Canadian visa photographs.

What are the requirements of the Courtesy Visa?

In order to get the Courtesy Visa, the applicant must fulfill a range of requirements that make them eligible for it. They must justify why the Canadian Government should give them a visa that is equivalent to the Diplomatic Visa without them having the position for it.

In order to qualify for the Courtesy Visa to Canada, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria for the Temporary Resident visas as well as the following criteria :

  • You must hold an important diplomatic or official position that is different from those that you need to qualify for the Diplomatic and Official Visa.
  • You must have official duties in Canada.
  • The Government of Canada must have a bilateral interest or agreement with your country;
  • You must have an official invitation from a Canadian governmental or international institution to come to Canada.
  • You must have a valid passport issued by your government with a validity for more than the time you will spend in Canada.

If you do not meet these criteria, the Canadian Consulate will require further proof for you to make your case and convince them why they should give you this visa. However, if you cannot prove that you are eligible, then your application will be rejected immediately. The only solution after that is to apply for a different type of Canada Visas.

What Are the Documents Required for the Canada Visa for Giving Birth?

Within the application page, you will also have to submit the following supporting documents:

  • The mandatory Canada visa documents.
  • Your bank or other financial statements to prove you have enough funds for the trip to Canada and the stay in the hospital to give birth.
  • A travel itinerary if you have already booked your flight tickets, or just a description of what you plan to do once in Canada, so you can state that you plan to give birth.
  • A letter of invitation from your family or friends if applicable.
  • A Declaration Letter from you to the Government of Canada where you explain why they should give you a visa for the purpose of giving birth in Canada;
  • Two (2) photos that meet the Canada Photo Requirements.

In addition, if you have documents in any other language except for English or French, you must translate them. The translation must be verified by a certified translator.

What are the requirements for the Facilitation Visa?

To get the Facilitation Visa, the applicants must meet several criteria that they have to prove through various documents. If you are thinking of applying for this visa, then you must meet these requirements:

  • You must have proof that you have a Canadian citizenship through a birth certificate or other manners;
  • You must be in one of the following circumstances and need to travel urgently to Canada:
    • Your documents have been lost or stolen and you are in distress;
    • You have a dual citizenship and are going to Canada for the first time;
    • You have a dual citizenship and did not get a Canadian passport before leaving Canada;
    • You were a child born in Canada to foreign parents who have returned to their country and did not want to claim your Canadian citizenship that you have acquired automatically when you were born;
    • You are or were a child who went through an adoption process in a foreign country and that country only allows you to leave through their national passport;
    • You are under 18 years old and you are coming to live with Canadian parents for humanitarian or compassionate reasons, but you have a foreign passport or travel document. You must have evidence that one of the parents in Canada is a Canadian citizen.
  • You must prove that you do not have a Canadian passport because of reasons beyond your control.

You must meet these requirements in order to qualify for the Facilitation Visa. If you cannot prove that you fulfill the criteria, the Canadian Consulate will reject your application. The alternative is to then apply for a different type of Canada Visa.

 

Completing the Document File

Within the application page, you will also have to submit the following supporting documents:

  • Standard required documents for a Canada visa application.
  • Proof of organ compatibility between you and the organ recipient as follows:
    • A letter from a transplant specialist in Canada that is associated with a recognized transplant center. The letter must have the letterhead of the transplant center or the specialist and should confirm:
      • That there is a recipient for the organ you are donating;
      • That your medical tests were completed and that they are compatible with that of the recipient;
      • That the transplant center will performs the transplant surgery and will treat you to help you recover;
      • That your medical costs are covered by the health insurance of the organ recipient;
  • Proof of your private health insurance in Canada;
  • Proof of enough medical facilities in your home country in case of medical complications. This is required to ensure that you will not stay in Canada because there is better medical treatment since you cannot go back to your home country due to lack of facilities.
  • Evidence that you and recipient are related to each other if applicable;
  • The recipient’s financial situation and bank statements;
  • The recipient’s immigration status in Canada, so proof that they are a citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Documents and proof of how you as the donor and the recipient were matched with each other to avoid the potential that it was done through illegal organ trafficking channels;
  • Evidence that the place where you come from is not a known place where organ trafficking occurs;
  • Evidence that you will not receive any benefits (financial or otherwise) from giving your organ.

If there are any documents that are not in English or French, then you must have them translated and verified by a certified translator.

Once you submit all the documents, you can then proceed to submit the application. After that, you will have to pay the visa application fee and your application will be completed.

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