Canada Tourist Visa: How To Enroll, The Requirements And The Fees Involved

For all Nigerian passport holders, a tourist visa is required to visit Canada, and a visa applications need to be submitted through the VFS Global Canadian Visa Application Centre in Lagos or Abuja or online through the IRCC online application system. Please note you are to check if you are qualified before beginning the application process and submitting your application in advance of flight departure.

Canadian Visa Validity Period

The Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) may be a multiple or single entry. This kind of visa will allow you to stay in Canada for six months at a time and can be valid for up to 10 years.

The single-entry visa allows you to visit Canada once and is valid for up to six months from your date of arrival. Note that for single entry visas, your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return to Nigeria.

Canadian Visa Fees

The fees for a Visitor Visa may vary depending on if you pay online or in person at a visa application centre. However, there are two types of fees to be paid, an application processing fee and a biometric fee.

The Processing fee is about ₦28,000 (about $77)

The Biometrics (per person) is about ₦24,000 (about $66)

The Estimated fees when applying through the VFS Global Visa Application Centre:

The Processing fee is about ₦28,000 (about $77)

The Biometrics (per person) is about ₦24,000 (about $66)

The Service charge is about ₦17,000 (about $47)

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The Canadian Visa Requirements

  1. A completed Visitor Visa form.
  2. The original copy of your international passport which will need to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return and should have at least two blank pages.
  3. You need two colour passport photographs
  4. A proof of application processing fee and, if applicable, biometric fee.
  5. A proof of adequate funds for the duration of the trip (i.e. three months bank statements, payslips, proof of investments etc.).
  6. Should in case you are not paying for the trip, then you will need a letter from the person or institution that is sponsoring you  
  7. A proof of ties to Nigeria (i.e. employment letter, national ID, etc.).
  8. A proof of flight booking
  9. You will need to provide a medical history or proof of good health.
  10. You will provide previous passports showing travel history.

How To Apply For A Canadian Visa Online

  1. You need to download the visa application form
  2. You need to fill out the application forms
  3. In case it’s applicable, complete the VFS consent form. And anytime you are using a third-party provider such as VFS Global you will need to submit a consent form along with your application or your application will be returned to you.
  4. You need to pay the visa fees.
  5. Then submit your application to your local Visa Application Centre. Be sure to bring along all the documents stated in the document checklist and an accepted form of payment (cash is recommended).
  6. You need to pay the service charge and obtain a receipt with a unique tracking number which you can use to track the progress of your application online.

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