Apply for a visitor visa

We are expanding our fingerprint and photo requirements

Starting July 31, 2018, you will need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out if these changes apply to you.

Make sure you need a visa before you apply

Entry requirements may have changed since your last visit to Canada. Find out which entry document you need.

There are two ways to apply: online or on paper. If you need help with your application, you can contact your nearest visa application centre (VAC).

Apply online

To apply online you must have:

  • access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and
  • a valid credit card for payment.

If you provide an email address on your application, check your email account often for emails from us. Make sure that our emails aren’t blocked by your spam filters.

This online service will be unavailable from 3:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in order to perform system maintenance.

Apply on paper

If you have a valid study or work permit and are planning to leave and return to Canada, you can apply for a new visitor visa before you leave Canada.

1. Get the application package

The application package includes an instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application. We will not refund your application fee, so make sure you are eligible for a temporary resident (visitor) visa before you apply.

Each individual applicant must submit a completed application form. Applicants under the age of 18 must have this form signed by a parent or a guardian.

Download the application package

2. Pay your application fees

In most countries, application fees must be paid in Canadian dollars. Find out more about fees and which payment methods you can use.

If you apply on paper at a VAC, you will also have to pay the VAC services fees. These fees are not already included in your application fees.

3. Submit your application

Families should send their individual applications in one package. The principal applicant must send this combined package to the location where their application will be processed.

Select the country/territory you will be applying from to find out where to submit your application. You can choose your country of nationality or the country/territory where you have been legally admitted:

If you need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph), and you are applying on paper, don’t mail in your application. Submit your application in person. VAC staff will check that it is complete and will confirm that you have paid the correct fees before you can give your biometrics.


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