In my last article titled five most prominent ways to travel Canada in 2021, I explained the various ways through which you can travel to Canada. Now that you know the way. In this article, I will tell you how you can apply for a Canadian visa.
They are numerous ways through which you can apply for a Canadian visa. The ways are through business, tourism, etc.
Do you know that you can apply for a Canadian visa yourself without an agent? The best way to go about this is to apply online, and the reason is that it is faster, and it saves you some cost.
All you need is a credit card, which you will use to pay the application fee, a scanner to scan your documents, an International passport, etc.
Below are the requirements
1. Document checklist form, also known as the IMM 5484: This form is important because it is a checklist that you will require to tick every document, and you also need to upload it when you are submitting your application.
2. IMM 5873 form: This form is the visa office instruction form.
3. Family information form: This is also known as the IMM 5702 form. It is where you include all your family information. The reason why you need the IMM 5702 form is that when you travel to Canada on a visit, and you have to invite your parents the information you provided can be used as a reference. So you have to fill it correctly without any form of mistakes.
4. IMM 5409 form: This form is for married people.
5. IMM 5476 form: This is the representation form. But if you are not using a representative, you can do that yourself.
Note: when filling the form, ensure that you fill it out correctly to avoid being ban for five years. When you are through filling the forms online, click on the validate button. When you click on validate, it will generate a bar code for you. The bar code is very significant because if you do not validate your form, it means that it is not accurate. Also, when you make any changes to your forms, always validate them.
Once that is done, you will have to print and sign on your form. The amount you need to pay for your visa is 100 Canadian dollars. In addition to that, you will have to do your biometrics. All you have to do is to visit the Canadian office for your biometrics. It will cost you about 85 Canadian dollars.
Below are additional things you will need to make your visa stand a better chance.
1. International passport: This is very important because this is where your visa will be stamped.
2. Two passport photographs with a white background.
3. Sufficient proof of fund: You need a minimum of 3 – 6 months of bank statements. The Canadian government wants to be sure that when you come into Canada, you will not become a burden to the Canadian government.
4. Sufficient Ties: You need to have sufficient ties that will take you back to your country, like a good job, children, landed, properties, business, assets, etc. It is one of the main reasons people do not get a visa to travel to Canada. You must have something that will take you back to your country else you will not get a visa.
You can also add your travel history to help you stand a better chance. For instance, if you have traveled to places like Dubai, the USA, etc. You can scan the pages on your passport and attach them. If you are a minor, you will need a sponsor or guardian to attest to you.
For the people in Nigeria, if you do not want to apply online you can go to the VSF office. All you have to do is print out all your documents after you have validated them, scan and photocopy the documents. Then put them inside an envelope, and submit them to the VSF office close to you. You will also have to pay the application and a processing fee.
Everything will be sent to the Canadian office. You may have to wait for an average of two months to get feedback on your application. When you go to Canada with a visitor’s visa, the maximum period you can stay is six months. After six months, you have overstayed, and this is not good for your reputation.
If you come in with a super visa to see your children or grandchildren, you can stay more than six months. You can even stay up to 2 years.
Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the visa quota should be removed. So that people can visit any country freely.
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