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Canada Tourist Visa Document Requirements 2022

Canada Visitor Visa

Canada is no.1 country in the world to live as per US News and World report. Popular as immigrant-friendly nation, it every year admit over 400,000 new immigrants.

Canada is not only popular among immigration aspirants, but also among the tourists or visitors, who every year come here in thousands on Canada tourist visa to witness plethora of amazing sights, i.e. breath-taking landscapes and sceneries, historical monuments, varied cultures, lifestyle and heritage.

If you aspire to travel to Canada on tourist visa, you must explore the complete process and documentation to avoid any unforced rejection or denial of your visit visa application, due to incomplete/incorrect documents, information, or application form, etc.

Read this dedicated page until end to read, explore and understand everything you wish to know about Canada Visitor Visa.

Who needs to apply for Canada Visitor Visa?

Overseas citizens, who wish to visit Canada:

  • As a tourist
  • To visit family/friends   or
  • to attend a meeting/conference/trade show (business purpose)

All above mentioned traveller categories need a visitor visa to enter Canada, i.e. a temporary stay visa.

Eligibility criteria to apply for a Canada Visitor Visa

You need to fulfil some basic requirements to apply for and get Canada Tourist Visa from India. You need to:

  • have a lawful travel document, i.e. a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal record or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • assure an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • have sufficient funds for your stay
    • The amount of funds you require shall depend on how long you will live in Canada, and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.

Moreover, you may also require a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada. You must check carefully the Canada tourist visa requirements as well as the list of documents you need based on your situation.

Documents checklist to apply for Canada Tourist Visa?

The documents required with your visa application depends on your reason for travel to Canada, i.e. tourism, business, etc.

Note: In view of recent global pandemic, you need a few additional documents to make certain that you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, i.e.

proof of vaccination,

proof of negative Covid-19 test (within 72 hours), and

ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper)

 

In view of the recent pandemic affects, applicants often enquire as to tourist visa for Canada from India open or not. However, as already mentioned with the above-mentioned fully vaccinated criteria, it is open for all. You may contact Visas Avenue Canada immigration expert for latest Canada travel update.

Travel historyThe key documents you need to apply for Canada tourist visa are as follows:

If you have travelled to Canada or to other countries, you can show proof of this, i.e. copies of previous visas in your passport. You can submit this with your visa application to support your case.

  • Itinerary

Documents that show how long you plan to stay and what you will do in Canada. With your visa application, you can submit the complete travel/stay plan including the relevant copies of flight details, hotel reservation, events, etc.

  • Account statement

This is required to prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada. With your visa application, you can submit your statement including your bank name, contact, with six months account details.

  • Identity document

With your visa application, you can submit a clear colour copy of your valid passport or travel document that you will 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
  • Photographs

Provide minimum two passport size photographs

  • Cover letter

A cover letter or declaration to the Government of Canada, clarifying why they should provide you with a Tourist Visa.

  • Letter of invitation

In case you are visiting your family or friends, you require submitting a letter of invitation received from them.

  • Visa application form and other documents

Provide the visa application form (available on IRCC official website). Submit all supporting documents, i.e. photographs, passport copies, fee receipts, and other documents

  • Memorandum of Association and other documents

Self-employed applicants should submit Memorandum of Association (company’s important corporate document) and other supporting documents.

  • Documents of Proof (confirming temporary stay)

You must convince the visa officers that you are not planning to stay in Canada for longer than the committed period. The documents that you can provide are:

    • Proof of employment:  Employment Contract, showing details that you are their permanent employee, job role in the company and your expected date of joining back the duties.
    • Proof of lease, property dealing:  The documents proving that you will return to your country once the tour is over.

Note:  For the students, ID card is compulsory and retired candidates; need to show their pension slips and retirement proofs along with above documents.

Stepwise Process to apply for Canadian Tourist Visa from India

Find below the key documents to apply for Canada visitor visa from India:

Step 1: Check if you are eligible to travel to Canada. You must bring evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements to travel

Step 2: Get the documents that show you fulfil the criteria for a visitor visa

Step 3: Submit documents and pay the Visitor visa fee

Step 4: Give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). Generally, you need to give biometrics. If your local visa application centre is not open due to COVID-19, there are temporary measures in place for biometrics.

Step 5: Submit your complete application along with the required documents

Step6: The IRCC will review your application, documents, and background and accordingly ask you to send the passport for visa stamping.

Canada Tourist Visa fee requirement

Find below the latest applicable Canada tourist visa fees:

  • Application fee: 100 CAD (5,935  INR approx.)
  • Biometrics fee (for individual applicant): 85 CAD (5,047 INR approx.)

Funds Needed for a Canada Tourist Visa

An person staying in Canada require 1,230 CAD (INR 73,016 approx.) every month for his/her monthly expenses, and if a candidate is coming for tourism, then 2,000 CAD (INR 1,18,695 approx.) for 30 days per person is sufficient. This amount is an addition to the visa application fees.

What is the Processing Time of Canada Tourist Visa?

The current Canada visitor visa processing time is   49 working days. This processing time does not include the following:

  • the time elapsed in sending an application between a visa application centre and our office
  • the time you need to give your biometrics

Note: This processing time is based on how long it took IRCC to process most complete applications, in the past. However, your application may face a delay or can be returned, if not complete. Moreover, the processing time begins the day IRCC get your complete application and ends when it make a decision. It may vary depending on how many applications IRCC receive.

Canada Tourist Visa FAQs

How long I can stay in Canada on visit Canada.

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. The border service officers usually mention the date you need to leave by on your passport. If you want to stay longer than your authorized stay, you must apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.

Can you apply for a Canadian visa without an invitation letter?

An invitation letter is not mandatory document to apply for a visitor visa. It is an additional document to make your case strong as it convince the immigration officer that you are visiting Canada to meet family or friends.

Can a person work with a visitor visa?

The Visit visa does not allow you to work or indulge in any commercial activity, through which you can enter the labour market, while having a visitor visa stamp in your passport.

Do I need a visa if I am just travelling through Canada on my way to another country?

You need a visitor visa if:

  • you visit Canada (even if you’re travelling by air and it’s for less than 48 hours)
  • stay in Canada more than 48 hours while transiting, or
  • you’re crossing the border by:
    • bus
    • car
    • train
    • boat
    • cruise ship

You need a transit visa if:

  • your international flight stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country
  • you’ll be connecting between 2 international flights at a Canadian airport
  • you’ll transit through Canada in 48 hours or less, and
  • you don’t have a valid visitor visa

 

Who requires electronic travel authorization (eTA)?

The candidates from a country, which do not need a visa and would be air traveling to Canada need either eTA, travel document or should inform Canada visa application centre before their travel time. 

Limitation of Canada Visit visa, i.e. what you cannot do

You cannot do the following if have a visit visa only:

  • Cannot study if you have a visitor visa and choose for a student visa by getting a study permit in the country
  • You are not allowed to work in Canada as you do not have a work permit for the country
  • You are not allowed to stay in Canada permanently

How do I help a family member or friend apply to visit Canada?

A person who want to visit Canada must apply from outside of Canada before he/she travel. What your friend or family member needs depends on:

  • the type of travel document they will travel with;
  • the country that issued their travel document;
  • their nationality; and
  • How they will travel to Canada.

In case, they require a visitor visa, you may provide your family member or friend with a letter of invitation in support of their visa application. A letter of invitation can help; however, it does not guarantee the person will get a visa.

A quick review- Points to remember

If you wish to apply for and obtain a tourist Visa for Canada, make certain you have submitted the entire essential documents properly, i.e.

  • Passport
  • Photographs
  • Proof of funds
  • Cover letter
  • Letter of invitation
  • Visa application form and other documents  
  • Travel itinerary 
  • Memorandum of Association and other documents
  • Documents of Proof

If you need further clarification, regarding the process or documents required for Canada tourist visa from India you may contact the trusted and vastly experienced Canada immigration expert at Visas Avenue.

Contact Visas Avenue to get complete visa process assistance

Visas Avenue is a leading and trusted Visa Consultancy Company in India associated with ICCRC member. It offers genuine and reliable immigration and visa solution to visa applicants. Find below the key Immigration services offered by Visas Avenue team:

  • Pre-assessment of your Visa Application
  • Individual Session with Immigration Specialist
  • Immigration Points calculation
  • Submission of EOI Profile
  • Documentation Assistance
  • Filing the Visa Application
  • Visa Application monitoring and follow up
  • Language coaching for IELTS/PTE/TCF/TEF Exam
  • Session about post-landing activities

To know more about how to apply for Canada tourist visa or to start your immigration process with Visas Avenue, you may contact our Canada immigration expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at info@visasavenue.com

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