Most international participants, guests, delegates, speakers or artists will need to apply for a visa prior to come to Canada. There are differing terms required by the Canadian Government depending on your country of origin and your own status within that country.

If you are a national of any of the countries mentioned on this list, you need to apply for a visa prior to enter Canada. You can consult with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to obtain further details on how to apply to obtain a visitors visa. This website will help you locate a Canadian visa office close to your residence http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/offices/missions.html.

Typically, an individual applying for a visitors visa must submit the following documents:

  • Completed “Application for a Temporary Resident Visa”
  • Valid passport
  • Two photos
  • Proof of funds available to support yourself and family members (accompanying you) during your stay and to enable you to leave Canada, such as a bank statement, pay stubs, proof of employment or proof of travellers’ cheques.
  • Photocopy of itinerary or valid return ticket
  • Any additional documents required by the responsible visa office
  • Fee payment in an acceptable format. (Check with the Canadian Embassy for details of payment)
  • Letter of invitation from a Canadian citizen or Canadian company/organization

Visa applications should be made at least one month before the intended departure date.

Here are some of the requirements that you should meet in order to obtain a temporary visa to Canada:

  • Satisfy an officer that you will leave Canada;
  • Show that you have enough money to maintain yourself and your family members in Canada (if they are traveling with you) and to return home;
  • Not intend to work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so;
  • Be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (you may be asked to provide a Police Clearance Certificate);
  • Not be a risk to the security of Canada;
  • Produce any additional documents requested by the officer to establish your admissibility;
  • Be in good health (complete a medical examination, if required).

Citizens and residents of certain countries require additional formalities which could add three weeks or more to the normal processing period. The visa office will advise you further if such requirements apply to you.

Travel insurance: Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. It is advisable to acquire travel insurance prior to enter Canada. Check with a travel agency to help you find the travel insurance that is most appropriate for you.

For more information, visit the Citizen and Immigration Canada official website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/applications/visa.html where you can download the guide and application form required to apply for a visitors visa.

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