Are you a Canadian citizen and don’t have a momentary passport? Well, you can apply for a Canada Facilitation Visa. It helps you travel to Canada. In this blog, we will explain the people who can get it, requirements, the application process, fees, and a few FAQs.
What is a Facilitation Visa?
This visa eases the traveling of a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship to Canada. Many people have two citizenships:
- Canadian citizenship
- one from a foreign country
In some cases, these people don’t have a Canadian passport. But they should visit Canada for a short time. Because of this short time, they can’t get a Canadian passport. So they need to get the Facilitation Visa.
People who have a Facilitation Visa can enter Canada with a foreign passport. But officials consider them Canadian citizens. They can stay in the country for only a limited time to do what they want. Then, they must leave the country.
The Consulate advises you to get a Canadian passport. So you won’t have to get a Facilitation Visa in the future. You should have a firm reason to get this visa. The government does not issue this visa easily. The applicants:
- Should provide a solid reason to get this visa. If they don’t get it, it will cause them hardship.
- Must be in a situation where they can not get a Canadian passport. This is because the circumstances are out of their control.
Some countries don’t allow citizenship to Canadian citizenship. In this case, the Canadian government won’t issue a Facilitation Visa. If you hide your foreign citizenship, the government won’t issue a Facilitation Visa.
What are the Facilitation Visa requirements?
Applicants must meet some requirements to get the Facilitation Visa:
- Prove your Canadian citizenship through your certificate or other manners;
- Be in one of these cases. You need an urgent trip to Canada.
- Your documents have got stolen or lost;
- visiting Canada for the first time, and you have dual citizenship;
- have dual citizenship but couldn’t get a Canadian passport before leaving it;
- You were born in Canada from foreign parents. Byu, they returned to their country and did not claim your Canadian citizenship.
- Foreign people adopted in a foreign country. It only allows you to leave through its nationality.
- You are under 18 and are to live with Canadian parents for humanitarian reasons. But you don’t have a foreign travel document. You should provide evidence that one of the parents in Canada is a Canadian citizen.
- You should prove you don’t have a Canadian passport for beyond your control reasons.
If one can’t prove he is eligible for the Facilitation Visa, the Consulate will reject you. If so, you can only apply for another type of Canada Visa.
How to apply for the Facilitation Visa?
The application process for the Facilitation Visa is different from a Temporary Resident Visa. If you meet the requirements, submit your direct application to the Consulate/Embassy. You should submit the Temporary Resident visa forms.
The processing time depends on the embassy workload. They will either give you the visa or deny it. They will inform you of the denial reason.
Gathering the Document file for the Canada Facilitation Visa
The required documents for the Facilitation Visa follows:
- A valid passport issued from the government you have your second citizenship;
- Proving you are a Canadian citizen such as:
- Your Canadian Certificate of Citizenship;
- Your birth certificate from a Canadian territory or province is acceptable. Only if you were in these situations at the time of your birth. One of your parents was:
- a consular or diplomat of a foreign government;
- was a representative or employee of a foreign government;
- an employee or officer of a specialized agency of the UN;
- an employee or officer of an international organization. They also had diplomatic immunities or privileges or;
- & No one of your parents was Canadian citizens or had Canada Permanent Residents;
- & Certificate of Naturalization issued before January 1, 1947;
- & Certificate of abroad Birth registration. It must get issued between January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977;
- & Retention certificate issued between January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977;
- Proving you could get a Canadian passport because of the reasons beyond your control;
- Proving you should go to Canada for emergency reasons:
- Your financial statements to prove you have enough money to afford your trip to Canada;
- Your declaration letter to the Canadian government. It must explain why they should give you a Facilitation visa;
- Two photos according to the Canada Photo Requirements;
- Your medical examination forms If the Consular Officer asks them;
- your education or employment status through a diploma or resume. Also, a letter from your employer to prove your contractual obligations;
You should also pay the application fees. Once you submit the documents, the officials might ask about:
- the purpose of your visit
- your official duties
- biometric information
What are the Facilitation Visa fees?
You must pay these fees so you can apply for the Facilitation Visa:
- Visa application fee of CAD$100;
- Biometrics fee of $85;
Once your application gets approved, you have to pay the fee for passport processing about CAD$45.
How long does the processing time take?
The Facilitation Visa is for emergencies, so the processing time is quite short. It can take a few days to get a response from the Consulate. They will either give you the visa or deny you.
How long is the Facilitation Visa valid for?
The Canadian Embassy grants the Temporary Resident Visas for a few months or a few years. But you can not stay for more than 6 months. Yet, the Facilitation Visa is valid for a shorter time.
You should state how long you need to stay in Canada for your emergency. The Canadian Embassy will work on your emergency. They will give you the visa needed only to handle completing your emergency.
Can You Bring Your dependents with You to Canada with a Facilitation Visa?
It is difficult to bring your dependents to Canada with a Facilitation Visa. The officials may allow it only if they are important for your emergency.
If not, they should apply for a visa that suits them. It might be a Canada Visitor Visa. They won’t need a visa if they have a Canadian passport.
Your spouse and minor children are your dependents in this case.
Let’s sum up …
In this blog, we explained all about the Canada Facilitation visa.
We covered requirements, eligibility, the application process, and a few FAQs.
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When do I need a facilitation visa?
When you have 2 citizenship and want to ease your travel to Canada.
Who can apply for a facilitation visa?
People who have Canadian citizenship.
Is a facilitation visa different than a tourist visa?
Yes, they are completely different and for different people.
Is the processing long?
No, as it is for emergencies, it gets processed a bit faster than other visas.