We have put together a comprehensive list of Canada Visa Requirements for Nigeria.
Here is the detailed list of supporting documents required to apply in Nigeria for a Canada Visitor Visa (also known as a tourist visa or temporary resident visa):
Two (2) recent Passport Photographs for each applicant, taken within the last 6 months.
For online applications, only one (1) passport photograph is required as you will scan your photograph and upload it to your online visa application account.
* Photo Specification: Colour photograph, taken against a plain white or light-coloured background, the frame size must be at least 35mm x 45mm.
Nigerian/International Passport. For online application, you are required to upload scanned copies of your Nigerian passport bio-data page and pages of all visas/stamps in the past 10 years. If you have visas/stamps on any of your previous expired Nigerian passports, then that is required too.
For a paper application, you will submit your original Nigerian passport along with a set of photocopy of all pages that has visas/stamps in the past 10 years. If you have visas/stamps on any of your previous expired Nigerian passports, you will want to submit that too.
* Your Nigerian/International passport must have a minimum of 2 blank visa pages and minimum 6 months’ validity.
TIP: Canadian Visas are not usually issued for longer than the validity of your international passport. So, if your Nigerian passport will be expiring soon and you hope to be issued a visa with a long duration, you may want to renew your passport first before applying for a Canada Visitor Visa.
Explanation of the Purpose of your Trip. Details of your itinerary indicating length of stay, destination and contacts.
* You may be required to provide provisional airline booking, under certain circumstances.
Letter of Invitation. An invitation from the person or business you will visit, stating your visit dates, duration, purpose, your host’s contact information, whether you will be staying with your host at his/her residence or not, etc.
If your host in Canada is an individual, then information related to their immigration status (such as their landing document, Citizenship Certificate or Canadian passport bio-data page, study permit or work permit, or permanent resident card); should be included to the Invitation Letter.
TIP: We have discovered that those who include a Letter of Invitation with their Canada Tourist Visa application, have a higher visa success rate compared to those who do not.
We have a Sample “Letter of Invitation Template” in our Ebook [here], which you can provide to the person inviting you so that they can use it as a guide to writing a letter of invitation for you. This is important to ensure that your host is not missing out any vital information required by IRCC.
Hotel Reservation – If you will not be staying with your host at his/her residence or if this is a business trip, then you are expected to provide a hotel reservation that covers the duration of your trip.
Do you need assistance with a hotel reservation? Contact Us.
NOTE: If your intended trip is to attend a Seminar, Trade Show, Conference, or any similar event. An invitation, event registration, and hotel confirmation are required.
For Business Travel. The following is required for a business trip:
- A letter from your current employer indicating the purpose of your travel,
- Your itinerary within Canada and who will cover the cost of your travel,
- A letter from the Canadian business confirming travel duration (visit dates) and the nature of your business.
Proof of funds:
– If you are self-funded, you must submit evidence of sufficient funds to cover your travel and expenses while in Canada. Evidence includes a certified (stamped/signed) bank statement with 3 months’ history including 1 month prior to or the same month as your application submission, or fixed deposit investment letter/advise (in your name or business name).
– If you are (partially or fully) funded by someone else, such as your spouse or parents: The person must provide a letter confirming that he/she will financially support you, along with their 3 months certified (signed/stamped) bank statement. If you are being provided with a business/corporate bank statement, then a statement for the past 6 months will be required.
We have a Sample “Letter of Financial Support Template” in our Ebook [here]. You can provide this sample to the person funding your trip so that they can use it to write a letter of financial support for you. This ensures they are not missing out any vital information required by IRCC.
– If you are funded by your host in Canada: Your host must provide financial documents such as recent bank statements for a savings account, short term or long term deposits that show their name, account balance and the date the account was opened.
If your host is employed as an employee in an organization, he/she is to provide a letter of introduction from their Canadian employer.
If your host is self-employed, he/she is to provide proof of business.
Also, your host must state in your invitation letter that he/she is funding your trip.
* If you are being funded by someone else, depending on your age and personal circumstances, it may be a good idea to also provide your own bank statement, in order to increase your chances of visa approval.
** It is important that the historical account balances of the bank statement you provide are consistent. Recent lump sum bank deposits could result in a visa refusal, as the visa officer may think the money was borrowed just to apply for the visa.
Proof of Ties to your Home Country:
– Proof of Business, if you are self-employed: Provide business registration (plus tax clearance certificates, if available), trade certificates/license (if applicable), and financial documents (business bank account statement for past 6 months).
– Proof of employment: A letter from your current employer and pay slips (last 3 months). Employment letter must be dated within 2 months of the visa application and it should include your occupation, job description, position, salary, allowances, years of employment and authorized leave dates. Any other documents that serve as proof of employment, such as employment identity card, etc.
* Proof of employment letter is expected to be written on your employer’s letterhead and signed by an authorized person in the organization.
– Proof of current studies, if you are a student: an official document confirming registration as a student at an academic institution.
The Canadian Visa Officer may confirm the authenticity of your proof of business, your employment letter and your proof of current studies. So, it is important that you do not provide fake documents.
– If you are married, your marriage certificate. If applicable, provide birth certificates for each family member whether or not they are requesting a visa.
If you are not travelling to Canada with your spouse or children, this helps establish the fact that you will return back to Nigeria after your visa to Canada.
– Children must each have their own passport. They must also have a school leave letter, if applicable.
– Other additional documents that will help establish home ties, such as: Landed property documents, a certified (signed/stamped) statement from your stockbroker showing the current market value of your shares, proof of financial assets, statement from your pension managers showing the current value of your Retirement Savings Account (RSA), etc.
Want to apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa on your own without using an agent? Check out “Canada Visitor Visa: 4 Simple Steps on How to Apply in Nigeria” for a step-by-step guide.
Did you include any extra document to your Canada Visa application that is not stated here? Or is there any document stated above that you need clarification on? Leave a comment below! Let’s chat.