Many people think traveling to Canada is a lot of stress, but the truth remains that if you know the procedures, you’d have a smooth experience from the start of your visa application process to the end of it.
Traveling to Canada – for work, residence, or school – is practically the same as traveling to any other country for such purposes too; the difference is the amount you get to pay for visa processing, and probably the requirements needed.
Here, we have compiled all the steps you’d take to migrate to Canada into seven; so, here’s how to apply for a Canada visa in 7 easy steps. We hope you get approved for your visa – provided you fulfill all the requirements requested.
How to Apply for Canada Visa in 7 Easy Steps
Canada is among the countries with the least unemployment rate, and it is welcoming to everyone, regardless of the home country. Here are the steps to apply for a Canadian Visa.
1. Check Your Eligibility
Your Canadian visa journey starts with you being eligible for a particular type of visa. If you’re not eligible, there’s no need to forge ahead – your application will be rejected. Instead, look out for things that disqualified your eligibility and try to fix those things.
You have to check your eligibility online by answering specific questions and providing some personal details too. But before you check your eligibility, you must first identify the type of visa you’re applying for.
There are three common visa types to migrate to Canada: Permanent (Residence) Visa, Student Visa, and Work/Visitors Visa. To get started, create your account online on the Canada Immigration website, then check your eligibility.
2. Begin Your Application
When you finally create an account, sign into the account and fill out the required forms and data. You may also need to download some of the application forms, fill them out manually, scan them, and then re-upload them to the Canada immigration website to kickstart your application for a particular visa type.
Also, it is important to note that you will be required to pay an application fee (but not at this stage). If you’re doing the application online, you can use your online banking details to make the payment. However, some may prefer the offline application, so you may be paying with cash or any other payment means supported by the embassy in your location.
3. Gather Your Documents
The requirement for different visa types vary, so you have to check the specific requirements for the visa type you’re applying for, then get the documents ready. You will need to submit two recent passport documents, academic documents, nationality documents, and some other documents that contain specific data required for the visa you’re applying to get.
All these documents need to be scanned/snapped and uploaded to the immigration website. If you’re processing offline, then take the documents to the embassy for verification and other needs. After submitting these documents and data, you will have to wait for them to get verified and approved.
4. Fees Payment
Each visa type you’re applying to get has stipulated fees you must pay. So, there’s no one fee for all the visas. What you’d pay for a student visa will differ from what you’d pay for a work visa or any other type of visa. As noted earlier, you can use your online banking to make the payment or check out other payment options available in your local embassy.
Once your payment is received, your visa application process starts fully – the documents and data you submitted will be scrutinized, and your personal information will be checked too. This process may take a few days, but in some cases, it could last for months. You have to be patient and wait.
5. Wait for Approval
Approval may take a few days, but it can also take weeks and months. While waiting for your visa application to be verified and approved, you can treat yourself to reading blogs about how it feels like living, working, or studying in Canada. For like, Canada is a great place to be; the atmosphere, people, and environment hit home and are soothing.
Also, during this waiting period, ensure to always check your email or local mailbox for notification from the Canadian embassy in your locale. If your application is denied, which is quite a sad one, you’d still be notified about it. We’d be deeply sorry if you got denied, but you can always come back to re-apply. If you got approved, hurray!, you can head on to the next step of your Canadian visa application.
6. Submit Your Passport
Passport submission is only requested when your visa application has been approved. This means that, if you get approved, the approval mail will come with instructions on where and how you should submit your international passport. The approved visa will be stamped into the passport, which means you’re now eligible to enter Canada legally for the purpose you got approved.
You will either have to take the passport to the embassy by yourself or mail it in; either way, make sure you submit the passport within the specified period. If you fail to submit the passport before the deadline, your approved visa could be invalidated, which mays you could be starting afresh from the first step.
7. Travel to Canada
At this point, nothing is stopping you – you’re already in Canada “in the spirit,” hahaha. Get back your passport after it is approved and start arranging your luggage to catch the next flight to CANADA!!! Once your passport is stamped with the approved visa, there’s no more step to take – simply schedule your flight and get all your traveling luggage ready. GOOD LUCK!!!
Explained in this article are the seven steps to process your Canadian visa and get into the American country if you qualify. Note, we are not affiliated with any visa lottery service. The information here is based on our research and we validate that it is true.