How To Apply For A Canadian Visa: A Step-by-step Guide
The Canadian visa application process can be overwhelming for those who are unfamiliar with the process. There is a lot of information to take in and many steps to complete before you’ve even submitted your application. To make things easier, we’ve created this step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Canadian visa.
Today, we will cover how to apply for a Canadian visa if you are not a citizen of Canada. If you are already living in Canada, you may want to read this article on how to apply for citizenship. That being said, let’s get started!
Who Needs a Visa?
Every country has its own visa requirements. These are procedures that you must take in order to visit or live in that country. When it comes to Canada, there are three types of visas. The first one is the Canadian work permit, which allows you to work legally in Canada for an employer who is willing to sponsor you. The second type of visa is the temporary resident visa, which grants you access to Canada for a specific period of time with an intent to leave at the end of your stay. The last type of visa is the permanent resident card, which provides you with permanent status in Canada and authorizes you to live and work there indefinitely. If you want more information on the social benefits that come with permanent residence, please read this article on how to apply for Canadian citizenship.
The eligibility requirements for each type of visa vary depending on what your goals are (i.e., working in Canada). To find out if you need a visa and if so, which one, please enter your details here:
What Type of Visa do You Need?
If you are not a citizen of Canada, you will need to apply for a temporary resident visa. The Canadian government has two types of visas: the Work Permit and the Study Permit.
The Work Permit is issued to applicants 18 years of age or older and allows them to work in Canada for a period of three years. The Study Permit allows applicants who are 16 years of age or older to study in Canada for a period of up to three years.
Before applying, make sure you know which type of visa you need! Once accepted, your application will be processed within six-eight weeks and is usually free (though some fees may apply).
How to Apply For A Canadian Visa
The process for applying for a Canadian visa depends on whether you are applying as a student, tourist, or worker.
If you are applying as an international student, you will need to provide certain documents with your application. These include:
-Letter of acceptance from a recognized institution of higher education in Canada (public or private)
-International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
-Valid passport with at least two blank pages and at least six months validity remaining
-Proof of adequate funds to cover educational expenses
-Proof of medical insurance valid for one year
-Proof of financial support (if applicable)
-Certificate of completion of high school or recognized equivalent (if the program is not academic postsecondary)
The requirements for tourists are similar, but there are no specific limits on how much money they must have. The only requirement is that they show enough money to cover their expected stay. According to the Canadian government website, “you should have enough money available to support yourself and any dependants during your stay in Canada.” If you apply as a tourist and do not have sufficient funds, a work permit may be issued instead if the applicant has enough skills and qualifications. The work permit does not allow the individual
Find Out If You Need To Complete An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
If you are not a Canadian citizen, you will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before applying for a visa. Even if you are only visiting Canada or are traveling to Canada by car or ship, you will need this.
The ETA is an online application that provides temporary Canadian immigration status for up to 5 years at a time. It gives you permission to enter and stay in Canada for any length of time during the validity period. And unlike the visa application, it doesn’t require an interview with a Visa Officer. You can apply right from home!
To complete your ETA, head over to the official website and fill out the form. Be sure to keep copies of your documents on hand so that you can upload them when required. The fee is $7 CAD and must be paid by credit card.
Make sure you read all the information carefully before submitting your application, including what conditions may prevent you from traveling to Canada after completion of the ETA process!
Find Out Which Supporting Documents You Need
The application process for a Canadian citizen is much simpler. You will need to provide your full name, address, date of birth, and any other information that may be required by the embassy/consulate.
If you are not a citizen of Canada, you’ll need to provide additional documents that show that you have ties to your home country. These documents can include proof of employment or student status in your home country, proof of family ties, or proof of property ownership.
You may also want to keep any previous passports handy. If you have traveled outside of your home country before, this will be needed as evidence of travel history.
Prepare Your Application and Submit It Online
Canadian visa applications can be submitted online, which is the simplest way to proceed. You will need your passport and current country of residence. Your passport must have at least one year in it before you are eligible to apply for a Canadian visa, and you must be living in the same country where your passport was issued.
To start your application, go to the Canadian Visa Office’s website and click on “apply for a visa.” From there, fill out the form with your personal information. The form will ask for contact information, basic personal details about yourself, information about your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable) and children under 18 years of age (if applicable), occupation, employer’s name, and address, educational background if you’re coming to Canada for school or work purposes, travel plans to Canada including itinerary if necessary, how long you’ll be staying in Canada if coming to Canada for school or work purposes, any criminal charges against you in any other country besides Canada that are still pending sentencing or final judgment.
After reading over all this information carefully and completing the form fully with all necessary details, submit it by clicking the “submit application” button at the top right corner of the webpage. Once this is done successfully, print
In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know about applying for a Canadian visa. If you want to immigrate to Canada and make the move, get started with the steps in this article.