A visit to Canada should be carefully planned, as nationals of certain countries must submit more than a passport for entry. Some countries, such as the US, Denmark and Spain, do not have such additional requirements, but if your country is one, you will want to plan well before traveling to Canada.
There is a relatively long list of applicable countries from which Canada has set additional entry requirements. The best website for a complete list is Canada and Immigration Canada. This excellent resource has up-to-date information on which citizens are eligible to visit Canada.
If you find that your country is on the list, start as soon as possible to gather as much information as possible. Each national visa processing office has slightly different requirements in addition to those mentioned in this article, which is meant as a general overview for applying for a visa.
Depending on the nature of your stay, you will need to fill out the correct Canadian form. Some of the form numbers are IMM 5256, IMM 5257 and IMM 5259, all of which are visa applications, but the differences depend on whether you are visiting for sightseeing, business or business. Be sure to choose the right app for your visit.
All applicants must have a current passport from the country concerned. In addition, your form must include 2 more passport photos. Supporting documents are also important as you will need to show how long you will stay in the form of a route; who you will see when visiting family or friends; and probably an employment check. These may be letters from friends asking you to visit, or your plane ticket. If you work in Canada, your employer must provide a check on your future position.
There may be additional requirements depending on your country of origin. Some countries require a personal interview with the visa office and may also require you to undergo a medical examination to prove your health. Be prepared to answer these requests and plan ahead so you don't delay your trip.
The cost of applying for a tourist visa depends on whether you only need a one-time entry document or if you plan to return to Canada multiple times. Fees range from $ 75.00 to $ 150.00 per person, respectively. Each person in your travel group must pay separately, as group fees are not available.
This general plan should be helpful when planning a visit to Canada and obtaining the necessary tourist visa, but be sure to research the specifics for your country. The Internet has many resources, as well as the Canada website and Canada Immigration website, which is kept up to date.