Visitor visa: How to apply online

Apply online

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card.

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. As an online applicant, you can ignore steps 3 and 4 of the guide (paying the fees and submitting your application).

You must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays.

Who can’t apply online for a visitor visa

You must apply on paper if you’re using one of the following travel documents from a visa-exempt country:

  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • other refugee travel document for non-citizens

We’re prioritizing applications from people who are eligible to travel to Canada right now

  • We strongly encourage you to wait until you’re eligible to travel to Canada before you submit a visitor visa application.
    • The information you submit with your application will be the most up to date, which will reduce delays in the processing of your application.
  • If you already submitted an application for a visitor visa and will be eligible to travel starting in September, instructions will be available soon.

Study and work permit holders

If your visitor visa has or will expire soon and you need to leave and return to Canada, you need to follow the steps to apply from inside Canada.

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