Canada Visa Application

Are you trying to apply for a visa to Canada?

Do you need easy tips to help you apply for a visa to Canada with ease?

If yes, then you are on the right page.

Guess what? In this article, we will be giving you simple tips to help you apply for a visa to Canada with ease.

But, you have to read through this article to get these tips

  • Overview
  • Type of visas
  • How to apply
  • Visa costs
  • Visa needs
  • Where to apply
  • Extra info


Is it your first time traveling to Canada?

Are you returning to re-find the cultural buzz of Montréal?

Or do you want to visit your family in Toronto for your once-in-a-year Christmas get-together?

Then, you will need a Canada visa to get there.

Hence, with this step-by-step guide to the Tourist Visa appeal process,

Your dreams of touring this country where no dream is too big and anything can be achieved just became a little less hard.

Types of Visas

There are several types of visas for Canada.

Hence, here are some types of visas for Canada;

  • Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)
  • Student Visa

However, you can access the student visa with ease via this link

Work Visa

On the other hand, you can also access the work visa with ease via this link


However, a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) may be many or single entries.

Hence, a multiple-entry visa will allow you to stay in Canada for six months at a time and can be legit for up to ten years.

On the other hand, a single-entry visa allows you to visit Canada once and is legit for up to six months from your date of arrival.

In other words, for single entry visas, your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return to Nigeria.

In the same vein, the processing time for visas can take up to 30 days based on the type of appeal submitted.

On the other hand, it can also rely upon the volume of appeal received and if the appeal is complete.

Hence, your passport and visa can be gotten from the visa appeal Centre you applied at or delivered via courier service.

How to Apply for a Canada Visa Online

Guess what?

If you are applying online through the IRCC online appeal system or in-person through a visa appeal Centre,

Then, you will need to these steps:

  • Download the Document Checklist via this link

  • Visitor Visa (IMM 5257), and Family Info (IMM 5645) forms via this link

  • Fill out the appeal forms and gather all your helpful documents (as listed below).
  • If applicable, complete the VFS consent form with ease via this link
  • When using a third-party provider, such as VFS Global, you will need to submit a consent form along with your appeal or your appeal will be returned to you.
  • Pay the visa fees.
  • Submit your appeal to your local visa appeal Centre.
  • Be sure to bring along all the documents stated in the document checklist and an accepted form of payment (cash is approved).
  • Pay the service charge and get a receipt with a unique tracking number which you can use to track the progress of your appeal online.
  • If you are unable to provide all the helpful documents, you will need to complete a waiver form.
  • However, you can have access to the waiver form with ease via this link
  • On the other hand, make sure you attach it to your appeal or you risk being denied your Canada visa.

Canada Visa Fees

However, the visa fees for a Visitor Visa may vary based on if you paid online or in-person at a visa appeal Centre.

Hence, they should be paid in Naira and are subject to change if the embassy deems it fit.

But in general, there are two types of fees, which are;

  • An appeal processing fee and a biometric fee.
  • Supposed fees when paying online and applying in person:
  • Processing fee – about ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)
  • supposed fees when applying through the VFS Global Visa Application Centre:
  • Processing fee – about ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)
  • Service charge – about ₦17,000 (about 41 US Dollars)

Canada Visa needs

  • You will need a completed Visitor Visa (IMM 5257) and Family Info (IMM 5645) forms.
  • On the other hand, you will also need your original copy of your Nigerian passport.
  • Hence, the passport will need to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return and have at least two blank pages.
  • However, these two-color photographs must meet the visa photo needs.
  • In the same vein, a proof of appeal processing fee and, if apt, a biometric fee.
  • That’s not all; you will also need proof of enough funds for the period of the trip (i.e. three months’ bank statements, payslips, proof of funds, etc.).
  • Hence, if you are not paying for the trip you will need a letter from the person or institution funding your trip and extra documents (i.e. a copy of their passport and a bank statement proving they have enough funds).
  • On the other hand, you will also need proof of ties to Nigeria (i.e. employment letter, proof of business or assets, etc.).
  • In the same vein, you will need a copy of pro term flight booking and travel line (i.e. a place to stay ).
  • Likewise, you may need to provide a medical history or proof of good health.
  • That’s not all, you will also need previous passports showing travel history.
  • Also, you will need extra documents to support your appeal (i.e. marriage certificates, invitation letters, etc.).
  • Hence, you will need a self-addressed return courier envelope.
  • In other words, minors (under 18) traveling alone will need a letter of approval signed by both parents and legal guardians.
  • Also, for minors traveling with one parent, a letter of approval from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian is needed.
  • Hence, if you are visiting family or traveling for business you will need an invitation letter stating the nature of the visit, length of stay, details of the host person or business, etc.
  • However, paper photographs are not needed if you need to supply biometrics.
  • Likewise, you will need a full document checklist for Visitor Visa.

Guess what? That’s not all

Where to Apply

There are two options when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, hence, these options are;

However, you can apply for it online.

On the other hand, you can also apply for it through a VFS Global Visa Application Centre.

Hence, the visa process can take some time so using a visa appeal Centre is approved if you have the option.

Canadian Embassy in Nigeria


4 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos


(234) 1 271 5650


Monday to Thursday 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Friday 7:30 AM – 1 PM

Canadian Visa appeal Centre in Abuja


Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Plot 1161, Memorial Drive, Central Business District, Abuja


(234) 815 019 9900


Monday to Friday 8 AM – 3 PM

Canadian Visa appeal Centre in Lagos


Manor Hall, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos


(234) 815 019 9900


Monday to Friday 8 AM – 3 PM


Hence, to apply online you will need to have access to a scanner to create digital copies of your documents.

In the same vein, you also need a digital copy of a credit card to pay the processing and biometric fees.

On the other hand, online appeals can be done through the IRCC website with ease via this link

Courier service

Hence, once your passport and visa (if applicable) are ready for collection,

You have the option of collecting it from the Visa appeal Centre.

On the other hand, you can have it sent to you via your chosen address.

However, the courier service will be paid for when you submit your appeal.

Hence, when collecting your passport in person, you will need these documents:

Hence, you will need the application checklist provided to you by VFS Global when you submitted your application.

On the other hand, you will also need your original identity card or other official proof of identification.

Lastly, you will need a copy of your photographic ID.

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