Requirements for Canadian Visa in Nigeria

The Canadian Visa Office issues the Canada Visitor Visa, also known as a Tourist Visa, to applicants who meet the relevant visa requirements. If you’re from Nigeria and wish to enter the country as a temporary resident, you might qualify for a Visitor Visa.

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Overview of the Visitor Visa Application Process

To be eligible for a Tourist/Visitor Visa in Canada, you must:

Possess a valid passport or travel document.

Demonstrate good health.

Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions.

Demonstrate to the immigration officer that you will visit Canada and return to your home country after your visa expires. To accomplish this, you must prove that you have a job, home, financial assets, or family in your home country.

Have sufficient financial means for the duration of your stay. The exact amount will depend on the duration and location of your stay.

Undergo a medical exam unless you have completed one in the last 5 years, are already in Canada on a Visitor Visa, and your previous medical exam indicates low risk or no risk to public health or safety.

Possibly provide a letter of invitation from someone in Canada.

Note that if the applicant is under 18, they must travel with the appropriate documents and meet the same requirements as adults.

Additional Documentation for Minor Applicants

If the applicant is a child under 18, border services are likely to request additional documents, including:

  • A parent’s passport
  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • A letter of authorization, written in English or French and signed by both parents or by a legal guardian. This letter should include:
  • The parents’ or guardian’s address and telephone number
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the adult who the child will stay with while in Canada
  • If the child is traveling with one parent, the address and telephone number of the parent who is not traveling, along with a photocopy of that parent’s passport or national identity card.
  • If you are still in the process of determining which documents to submit with your visa application, it is advisable to consult with one of IAS’s lawyers to assess your situation and guide you in providing the necessary evidence to demonstrate your eligibility. IAS can enhance your chances of visa approval, ensuring a worry-free travel experience to Canada.

Processing Times and Fees for Canada Tourist Visa

The cost of the Canada Tourist Visa includes:

  • Visa processing fee: $100 (CAD) per person
  • Biometric fee: $85 (CAD)
  • Medical exam fee, which depends on the required exams and the cost of medical exams in your home country.

The processing times for Temporary Residence (Visitor/Tourist Visa) vary depending on your location:

If applying from Nigeria, the processing time is approximately 764 days. However, this timeframe is not guaranteed, and your application may experience delays or be returned if it requires completion or additional supporting documents. Additionally, if you are required to schedule and attend a visa interview, this may further affect the processing time of your visa application.

Canada Visa Fees

The visa fees for a Visitor Visa may vary depending on whether you pay online or in person at a visa application center. They should be paid in Naira and are subject to change as deemed fit by the embassy. Generally, there are two types of fees: an application processing fee and a biometric fee.

Estimated fees when paying online and applying in person:

  • Processing fee: Approximately ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person): Approximately ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)

Estimated fees when applying through the VFS Global Visa Application Centre:

  • Processing fee: Approximately ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person): Approximately ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)
  • Service charge: Approximately ₦17,000 (about 41 US Dollars)


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