After you apply

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Find out what happens after you apply for a super visa.

Your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

Book your biometrics collection appointment as soon as you can to avoid processing delays. Find out how to give biometrics.

Processing your super visa application

We’ll check your application to make sure you have all the documents you need.

If it’s incomplete, your application may be refused.

We may also ask you to

We’ll tell you what to do if you need to do any of these.

We process most applications in a few months or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and on whether you need to take any extra steps (listed above).

If your application is approved, you will receive a letter with instructions to submit your passport to receive a visa. If you’re from a visa-exempt country, we’ll issue you a letter to give to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

If your application is refused, we’ll send you an explanation.

When you arrive in Canada

Identity check

When you arrive, we’ll check your identity to make sure that you’re the same person who was approved to travel to Canada.

Have your documents ready

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The officer will ask to see your passport or travel documents. You should also bring the documents you used for your super visa application (opens in a new tab) . Make sure these documents aren’t packed in your luggage.

A valid super visa and travel document (passport, titre de voyage or Certificate of Identity) does not guarantee that you can enter Canada.

Accompanying minor children

Children under 18 must travel with the right documents and meet the same entry requirements as adults. The border services officer may ask minor children to show other documents depending on whether the child is travelling alone or with someone. Find out about the specific requirements for minor children.


You enter Canada

If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the border services officer will stamp your passport, allowing you to stay in Canada for 5 years.

You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. You must convince the officer that

It’s important to make sure that your passport is valid during your stay in Canada.

Living in Canada

Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there’s a lot to learn about it before you arrive. Get to know Canada, including its climate, people, government and way of life.

Work or study in Canada

A super visa doesn’t authorize you to work or study in Canada. Most visitors to Canada need a permit to work or study in Canada.

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