Visitor visa:  Supporting documents for visitor visa applicant

Supporting documents for a visitor visa applicant

The documents you need to submit with your visa application depends on why you’re traveling to Canada.

Documents to submit with your visa application and bring when you travel

Tourist

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years or older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Tourist

Unless you meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated, you cannot enter Canada to visit as a tourist at this time.

Business visitor

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Business visitor

Unless you meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated, you cannot enter Canada to visit as business visitor at this time.

Visit immediate family member (Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act, or permanent resident of Canada)

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application.

  • Proof of your relationship to your family member
  • Proof that your immediate family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident. For example, you can provide a copy of their birth certificate or their Canadian passport.
  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application

A letter written by your family member in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a marriage certificate
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409)
  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Statutory declaration of common-law union (IMM 5409)

No (optional) – visa application

Proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together.

Proof can include

  • joint bank accounts or credit cards
  • joint ownership of a home
  • joint residential leases
  • joint rental receipts
  • joint utilities (electricity, gas, telephone)
  • joint management of household expenses
  • proof of joint purchases, especially for household items
  • mail addressed to either person or both people at the same address

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit immediate family member (Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act, or permanent resident of Canada)

COVID-19 impact

Check if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria to unite with an immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application and to bring with you when you travel.

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application

A letter written by your family member in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa or super visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a marriage certificate
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409)
  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Statutory declaration of common-law union (IMM 5409)

No (optional) – visa application

Proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together.

Proof can include

  • joint bank accounts or credit cards
  • joint ownership of a home
  • joint residential leases
  • joint rental receipts
  • joint utilities (electricity, gas, telephone)
  • joint management of household expenses
  • proof of joint purchases, especially for household items
  • mail addressed to either person or both people at the same address

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit children or grandchildren (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada). Super visa option.

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application.

  • Proof of your relationship to your family member
  • Proof that your immediate family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident. For example, you can provide a copy of their birth certificate or their Canadian passport.
  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN.

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel

Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel

Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa application Only

A letter written by your family member in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa or super visa application

Proof of medical insurance

Yes – super visa application Only

For super visa applicants only. Proof that medical insurance for at least $100,000 coverage has been purchased from a Canadian insurance company.

A copy of the insurance certificate or policy you received for medical insurance coverage for 1 year with a Canadian insurance company.

Submit with super visa application

Proof that Child or Grandchild meets low income cut-off minimum (LICO)

Yes – super visa application Only

Documents that show that the super visa applicant’s child or grandchild meets the low income cut-off minimum.

Submit one of the following documents:

  • a copy of the most recent notice of assessment
    • If the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service.
  • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s most recent T4 or T1
  • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary
  • the child’s or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs, including
    • A letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed.
    • Proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.).

Submit with super visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – super visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with super visa application

Immigration medical exam

Yes – super visa application Only

A document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam (IME).

The exam must conducted by a panel physician authorized by IRCC.

Get complete details about how to get a medical exam with a panel physician.

Submit with super visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Statutory declaration of common-law union (IMM 5409)

No (optional) – visa application

Proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together.

Proof can include

  • joint bank accounts or credit cards
  • joint ownership of a home
  • joint residential leases
  • joint rental receipts
  • joint utilities (electricity, gas, telephone)
  • joint management of household expenses
  • proof of joint purchases, especially for household items
  • mail addressed to either person or both people at the same address

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit children or grandchildren (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada). Super visa option.

COVID-19 impact

Check if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria to unite with an immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application and to bring with you when you travel.

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel

Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel

Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa application Only

A letter written by your family member in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa or super visa application

Proof of medical insurance

Yes – super visa application Only

For super visa applicants only. Proof that medical insurance for at least $100,000 coverage has been purchased from a Canadian insurance company.

A copy of the insurance certificate or policy you received for medical insurance coverage for 1 year with a Canadian insurance company.

Submit with super visa application

Proof that Child or Grandchild meets low income cut-off minimum (LICO)

Yes – super visa application Only

Documents that show that the super visa applicant’s child or grandchild meets the low income cut-off minimum.

Submit one of the following documents:

  • a copy of the most recent notice of assessment
    • If the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service.
  • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s most recent T4 or T1
  • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary
  • the child’s or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs, including
    • A letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed.
    • Proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.).

Submit with super visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – super visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with super visa application

Immigration medical exam

Yes – super visa application Only

A document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam (IME).

The exam must conducted by a panel physician authorized by IRCC.

Get complete details about how to get a medical exam with a panel physician.

Submit with super visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Statutory declaration of common-law union (IMM 5409)

No (optional) – visa application

Proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together.

Proof can include

  • joint bank accounts or credit cards
  • joint ownership of a home
  • joint residential leases
  • joint rental receipts
  • joint utilities (electricity, gas, telephone)
  • joint management of household expenses
  • proof of joint purchases, especially for household items
  • mail addressed to either person or both people at the same address

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Authority to release personal information to a designated individual (IMM 5475)

No (optional) – visa application

Use this form if you want to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to release your personal information to someone you choose.

The person you choose will be able to get information on your case file, such as the status of your application.

A completed IMM 5475 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit children or grandchildren (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada). Super visa option.

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you are an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application.

  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa applications Only

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Proof of medical insurance

Yes – super visa application Only

For super visa applicants only. Proof that medical insurance for at least $100,000 coverage has been purchased from a Canadian insurance company.

A copy of the insurance certificate or policy you received for medical insurance coverage for 1 year with a Canadian insurance company.

Submit with super visa application

Proof that Child or Grandchild meets low income cut-off minimum (LICO)

Yes – super visa application Only

Documents that show that the super visa applicant’s child or grandchild meets the low income cut-off minimum.

Submit one of the following documents:

  • a copy of the most recent notice of assessment
    • If the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service.
  • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s most recent T4 or T1
  • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary
  • the child’s or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs, including
    • A letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed.
    • Proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.).

Submit with super visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – super visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with super visa application

Immigration medical exam

Yes – super visa application Only

A document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam (IME).

The exam must conducted by a panel physician authorized by IRCC.

Get complete details about how to get a medical exam with a panel physician.

Submit with super visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit children or grandchildren (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada). Super visa option.

COVID-19 impact

Check if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria to unite with an extended family member who is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application and to bring with you when you travel.

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa applications Only

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Proof of medical insurance

Yes – super visa application Only

For super visa applicants only. Proof that medical insurance for at least $100,000 coverage has been purchased from a Canadian insurance company.

A copy of the insurance certificate or policy you received for medical insurance coverage for 1 year with a Canadian insurance company.

Submit with super visa application

Proof that Child or Grandchild meets low income cut-off minimum (LICO)

Yes – super visa application Only

Documents that show that the super visa applicant’s child or grandchild meets the low income cut-off minimum.

Submit one of the following documents:

  • a copy of the most recent notice of assessment
    • If the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service.
  • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s most recent T4 or T1
  • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary
  • the child’s or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs, including
    • A letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed.
    • Proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.).

Submit with super visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – super visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with super visa application

Immigration medical exam

Yes – super visa application Only

A document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam (IME).

The exam must conducted by a panel physician authorized by IRCC.

Get complete details about how to get a medical exam with a panel physician.

Submit with super visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.

Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit extended family member

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you are an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application.

  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa applications Only

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a marriage certificate
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409)
  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:
  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit extended family member

COVID-19 impact

Check if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

We’re prioritizing applications for non-discretionary travel. You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria to unite with an extended family member who is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application and to bring with you when you travel.

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border services officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application
Yes – super visa applications Only

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Proof of Relationship

Yes – visa application

Proof of your relationship with the person or family member inviting you to Canada.

This can include a copy of

  • a marriage certificate
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409)
  • a birth certificate
  • an official document naming you as a parent

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:
  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit immediate family member (temporary resident of Canada)

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you are an immediate family member of a temporary resident of Canada

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application.

  • Proof of your relationship to your family member
  • Proof that your immediate family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident. For example, you can provide a copy of their birth certificate or their Canadian passport.
  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border service officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do once in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit immediate family member (temporary resident of Canada)

COVID-19 impact

Check if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

You also must meet all regular visitor visa eligibility and admissibility requirements.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria to unite with an immediate family member who is a temporary resident of Canada

Yes – COVID-19

There are specific documents you need to include with your visa application and to bring with you when you travel.

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border service officer on arrival in Canada

Letter of invitation

No (optional) – visa application

A letter written by your family in Canada.

It can confirm that your purpose for visiting Canada is valid.

A copy of the letter from the family member inviting you to Canada. The letter must be written to you from your family member.

Consult details to include in the letter

Submit with visa application

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do once in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Employer information

No (optional) – visa application

A letter from your employer can confirm that you have a stable job and will return to it. It can also show that your employer supports your visit to Canada.

The letter should be printed on your employer’s official letterhead.

The letter should include:

  • date, no earlier than 3 months before you apply
  • confirmation that you have a job with the employer
  • your full name and date of birth
  • date you started the job
  • brief description of your job
  • current Salary
  • contact information of your manager
  • phone number
  • email address
  • employer information
  • company name
  • address
  • street
  • city
  • state/province
  • country
  • Signature of employer. Your manager or human resources contact should print their name and sign the letter.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit for compassionate reasons

Fully vaccinated traveller exemption

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that your travel is for compassionate reasons

Yes – COVID-19

You must submit evidence that your travel is for compassionate reasons.

  • The evidence you need to provide depends on the exact reason for your visit. For example, if you’re coming to attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony, you’ll need proof of death, but if you’re coming to provide support to a loved one who is ill, you’ll need a Letter of Required Support signed by a health care professional licensed to practise in Canada.
  1. Submit with visa application

Proof of vaccination

Yes – COVID-19

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination information. You must enter this information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

Consult details about what you need to enter in ArriveCAN

Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada (at a Canadian airport or a land port of entry).

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Show border service officer on arrival in Canada

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event.

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Visit for compassionate reasons

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required – some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the optional documents that can prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you outside of what is listed here.
Document Required Description Details to include When you may need this document

Evidence that you meet the COVID-19 travel exemption criteria

Yes – COVID-19

You must submit evidence that you’re eligible to travel at this time. The evidence you need to provide depends on the exact reason for your visit. For example, if you’re coming to attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony, you’ll need proof of death, but if you’re coming to provide support to a loved one who is ill, you’ll need a Letter of Required Support signed by a health care professional licensed to practise in Canada.

Consult all requirements and how to get authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada
  3. Show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result

Yes – COVID-19

The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival in Canada.

Consult details about COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada.

Air travel
Show airline staff when you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result at check-in, the airline won’t allow you to board the flight.

Land travel
Show a border services officer when you arrive at a Canadian land port of entry.

  • If you don’t present a negative test result, the border services officer won’t allow you to enter Canada.

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

Yes – COVID-19

You must use the ArriveCAN app before checking in at the airport or crossing the border.

Learn about ArriveCAN and download the app.

Submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Show border service officer on arrival in Canada

Travel history

No (optional) – visa application

If you’ve travelled to Canada or to other countries, this can show that you’ve been able to get a visa in the past.
Proof of this includes copies of previous visas in your passport.

A clear copy of 1 or more of the following:

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas

Submit with visa application

Itinerary

No (optional) – visa application

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you’ll do in Canada.

Copies of any of the following:

  • flight details
  • hotel reservations
  • registration for an event.

Submit with visa application

Account statement

No (optional) – visa application

This can help us understand if you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

Bank name and contact
This allows us to contact your bank or financial institution with questions.

Proof it is your account
Your name and address on the statement show that the account is yours.

Account details
At least 6 months of account details, including balances, helps us understand your financial situation.

Submit with visa application

Identity document

Yes – visa application

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

A clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you'll use to travel to Canada.

If you have a passport, you must provide a copy of

  • the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and
  • any pages with stamps, visas or markings

If you have a travel document, it must be issued by a government and include your

  • name
  • date of birth
  • document number
  • citizenship or residency status
  • photo, and
  • expiry date (if applicable)

Submit with visa application

Use of a representative (IMM 5476)

Yes (required) - if applicable

Family members who apply on behalf of the applicant or third parties need to complete this form.

A completed IMM 5476 form.

Submit with visa application

Family information (IMM 5645)

Yes (required) – visa application

Each applicant 18 years and older must complete this form.

A completed IMM 5645 form.

Submit with visa application

Minor children

Yes (required) – visa application (if applicable)

Documents needed depend if child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend, or alone.

You may need to show

  • a letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Consult Minor children travelling to Canada

  1. Submit with visa application
  2. Show border services officer when you arrive in Canada

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