Steps to apply for a visitor visa

Step 1: Get the documents that show you meet the criteria for a visitor visa

Check the list of documents based on your situation

Step 2: Apply online

1. Create an account

2. Upload your documents

3. Pay your fees

How to apply for a visitor visa

Step 3: Give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

Normally, you need to give biometrics. If your local visa application centre is not open due to COVID-19, there are temporary measures in place for biometrics.

Find out what to do for your biometrics

How we process your application

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

If it’s incomplete, we’ll return your application without processing it.

If we approve your application, we’ll ask you to send us your passport.

Send us your passport (if we approve your application)

To get your visa, follow the instructions we’ll send to you.

Prepare for your travel to and arrival in Canada

You may need to bring with you documents you submitted with your visa application, or present additional documents to the border services officer on arrival in Canada.

Check the list of documents you may need

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