To successfully apply for a Canada visa you must provide all the required documents. If you are not a citizen of a visa exempted country then you may require a visa for you to visit Canada. Also, your purpose of visiting Canada determines the kind of visa you will apply for.
For example, if your reason for going to Canada is to study, then you’ll need a Student Visa. If you’re going for a visitation or tourism then you’ll need a Temporary Visitor Visa.
List Of Documents Required for Canada Visa Application?
- Police clearance.
- Your passport.
- Proof of financial means.
- Proof of paid Canada visa fees.
- Identity and Civil Status Documents.
- Letter of support/invitation to Canada.
- Appropriate Canada visa application form.
- Proof of being in good health through a medical exam.
- A cover letter that explains the purpose of your travel to Canada.
- Proof you will return to your home country once the Canadian visa expires.
- Photographs in accordance with the photo requirements for a Canada visa.
Your age also determines the kind of requirement that you may be required to present. Adults (over 18) are always considered primary applicants on an application. Minors (17 or under) are always attached to dependents.
But if a minor is travelling alone, their visa requirements are different from that of adults. Scroll down below to see Visa documents required for minors.
If you are applying for a Canadian visa, you are required to provide photocopies of the information page of your passport. It should include:
- The passport number.
- The date it was issued and the expiry date.
- Your personal information: name, place of birth, photo, and date of birth.
Forms and Documents
When you apply for a Canadian visa, there’s an application package you will have to download from the IRCC website. The package contains a document checklist, an instructional guide, and forms you need to fill and submit.
You are required to submit all the forms and documents that are on the checklist. Some of the documents include pictures, fee receipts, passport copies, and other documents for identification.
Some countries may require specific documents in addition to the documents listed on IRCC’s checklist. What you have to do is make inquiries from the visa office in charge in your country; whether additional documents are needed.
Receipt Of Fees You Paid
Before you can apply for a Canada visa, you are to pay some necessary fees and attach all the receipts to your application. The fee prices can change depending on the type of visa you’re applying for.
There are two (2) types of fees:
- Biometric fees
- Visa Application processing fees
You are to provide two (2) passport pictures in line with Canada’s requirements. Note that your application could be rejected if the pictures don’t align with the requirements set by the Canadian Government.
When you go to take a picture, it’s advisable that you show the photographer the photo requirements.
Proof that You’re Financially Buoyant
You must provide proof that shows you can handle all your financial needs and that of anybody you’re coming along with for the length of time you will be staying in Canada. Documents required for the proof includes the following:
- Your Bank statements.
- Letter of employment that shows your annual earnings.
- Evidence of income of your Canadian host or family member.
- Evidence you have arranged to receive financial support from family/friends to cover the duration of your stay.
Note that the list can go on and on but the above listed are the basic financial proof. Also, some countries may demand other types of proof.
Identity and Civil Status Documents
You are required to attach copies of your identity as well as civil status documents to your Canada visa application. This includes marriage certificates, birth certificates, or divorce/annulment certificates.
You may also be required most times to provide your National IDs or household or family registries.
You may need to contact the Canadian embassy or any visa office in your country to provide you with more information.
Proof That You’ll Go Back To Your Country Once Your Visa Expires
Try to convince the visa officers that you’ll return back to your country after your visa expires. Some of the ways you could convince them includes:
- Proof of employment: You need to submit copies of your letter of employment, an employment contract that identifies you as a permanent employee, your role at the company, and a document showing when you’re expected to return to work.
- If you have a property(s) in your home country, then evidence is required, such as lease agreements or title deeds.
- If you have people that you need to take care of in your family (Children or elderly members) back in your country, you need to provide evidence of your responsibilities.
To be given a Canadian visa, you need to prove that you’re in good health. The documents required to prove this is your medical examination result which will be attached to your application.
A medical exam may not be required if you are staying for less than 6 months, except you’ll be in close contact with a lot of people.
Your medical examination will not be carried out by your regular doctor. It will be carried out by the Panel Physician.
You can find the Panel Physicians for your country on IRCC’s website.
Your Reason For Traveling
You need to give a reason why you want to travel to Canada. You have to include it as you apply for your visa. Each requirement depends on the country. It could include:
- An invitation letter from a friend or a family member or your sponsor you will visit.
- Contact information of the people that can support your purpose of visitation.
- Documents that can support your reason for travel.
You must provide Police Clearances from your country as evidence that you don’t have any criminal records and you wouldn’t be a danger to the people of Canada.
Sometimes you could be required to provide a police clearance from any country that you’ve stayed for more than 6 months.
Letter Of Invitation/Support
There are times when you could be required to provide a letter of invitation from someone in Canada who is either a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen.
Note that the person who invited you via a letter is not legally responsible for you. But you have to attach the letter they sent to you to your application. The invitation letter has to include the following:
- Your Name,
- Date of Birth,
- Address and phone number,
- The relationship you share with the invitee,
- The period of time you’ll stay in Canada, the place you’ll stay as well as the time you intend to leave.
- How you intend to financially support yourself.
The invitation letter has to also include the following information about the person inviting you:
- Their birth date and full name.
- Their phone number and address where they stay in Canada.
- Their residence status (Permanent Resident or Citizen) as well as a photocopy of any document that proves it.
- How many people do they have in their household?
- Their job title.
- Their family details (names and also dates of birth for his/her dependents and spouse).
Canada Visa Requirements For Minors
Just like every other visitor, minors travelling to Canada must also stick by the same rules. Nevertheless, there could be additional documents required for children, but it depends on how they’re travelling. But regardless of how a minor is travelling, they must carry the following:
- A copy of their birth certificate; and
- Their passport.
Then, additional Canada visa documents that provide information whether they’re accompanied or travelling alone, include:
Travelling alone: Both parents of the child or legal guardians are to provide a letter of authorization for the travel. The letter has to:
- Be in French or English.
- Include the legal guardians’/parents’ phone number and address.
- Include information (phone number, name, address) of the person that will take care of the child in Canada.
Accompanied by one (1) parent: Provide a signed letter of authorization from the other parent who is not going to travel with them. The letter should include:
- The phone number and address of the parent not travelling.
- Photocopy of the national identity card and passport of the parent not travelling.
If only one parent is the custodian of the child: They must provide a copy of the custody decree.
If both parents are divorced but share custody: The parent travelling with the child needs to provide a letter of authorization from the other parent and provide copies of the legal custody documents.
If one (1) parent has passed away: The surviving parent needs to provide a copy of the death certificate.
If travelling with adoptive parents or legal guardians: Bring a copy of the adoption or guardianship papers.
If they are travelling with someone who isn’t their legal guardian/parent: The person needs to provide written permission from the guardians/parents. The letter must include the phone numbers and address(es) of the legal guardians/parents.