General Canada Visa Requirements


Canada is a diverse, safe country with a strong-developing economy. Nearly 20% of the population was born outside Canada. Immigrants feel comfortable because of its diversity. If you are thinking about Canada for work, study or holiday, you might need a Canada visa. If so, you should know about Canada Visa Requirements. You will avoid mistakes with prior knowledge. Please consider that your application might get denied over one unwanted mistake.

In this blog, we will explain the Canada Visa Requirements, requirements according to your job status,  for minors, FAQs, etc.


What are the requirements for a Canada visa?

Here are the required documents for a Canada visa:

  • Age
  • Passport.
  • Canada visa application form.
  • The confirmation of paid fees.
  • Photographs according to Canada photo visa requirements.
  • Proof to have financial means.
  • Verifying your return to the home country once the Canadian visa expires.
  • Documents of identity and Civil Status.
  • Police clearances.
  • Medical exam.
  • A cover letter that explains your travel intention to Canada.
  • Letter of invitation/support to Canada.


The age requirements are different based on the application. There are minor (17 or under) or adult (over 18) groups.

Only adults can be primary applicants. The minors will be dependents.

There are other requirements if a minor is traveling alone. (We will explain it below)


You need to have all travel documents and a valid passport. You should provide passport information page copies once you apply for a Canada visa.

It should include:

  • Your passport number.
  • The date of issue and expiry.
  • Your personal information: name, date and place of birth, and photo.


Documents and forms

You should download an Application Package from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. You could also download it from the Canadian embassy website in your home country. In the form you will find:

  • An instructional guide.
  • A document checklist.
  • Forms you have to complete and submit.

You must submit the required documents and forms. These documents include:

  • Pictures.
  • Passport copies.
  • Fee receipts.
  • And other identity documents.

A few countries may need documents more than the documents on IRCC’s website.

You should ask the visa office in your country for any further documents.


Verification of paid fees

You need to pay the fees and stick the receipts on your application to apply for a Canadian visa. Depending on your travel intention, the fee prices change.

The two sorts of fees:

  • Application processing fees
  • Biometric fees

Canadian visa photos

You must provide two photos according to requirements. The application may get rejected if the picture does not match them.

When you take the photo, bring the requirements, and share them with the photographer.

Proof of financial independence

You verify that you can support yourself and the people who may come with you financially.

You can do this task by below ways:

  • Bank statements.
  • Employment letter showing annual income.
  • Documents to get financial support from family/friends to cover your travel expenses.
  • Proof of Canadian host or family member income.


Confirmation of returning to home country when the visa expires

You need to convince the visa officers that you will go back to your home country when the visa expires.

You could do it in a few ways, including:


Proof of employment including:

  • Documents of employment.
  • Business license.
  • Or an employment contract.


They verify your employment commitment:

  • A copy of your rental agreement or home title.
  • If your wife/children are not with you, prove that you are not leaving them.
  • Copies of the bank account balance can prove a financial tie to your home country. This one is important if you are jobless or young.
  • Documents of career importance in your home country. It should be from a strong source like your employer or government.

Civil Status and identity documents

You should attach photocopies of civil status and identity documents with your application. This includes:

  • Birth certificates.
  • National identity cards.
  • Marriage certificates.
  • Divorce/annulment certificates.

Police clearances

You need to prove that you have a clean record and are free of previous criminal records. You must prove you are not a danger to Canadian society.

You could do this by getting a police clearance or certificate in your home country.

If you have lived in other countries for longer than six months, provide police clearances from that country too.

Medical exam

To get a Canada visa, you need to be in good health conditions. To prove that, the Embassy may ask you to take a medical examination and attach the results in your application.

However, a medical exam is often unnecessary if you intend to stay for less than six months. But if your job involves working with people, you might need one.

An ordinary doctor can not take such a test. It has to be a Panel Physician. You can find them on IRCC’s website.

Purpose of travel

Once you apply for a Canada visa, you need to provide a purpose for your travel. It is different and may depend on your country. It could be a piece of compelling evidence on why exactly you want to visit Canada:

  • An invitation letter to a ceremony from your family member, friend, or company you will visit.
  • A copy of the conference or business meeting you will take part in.
  • Documents that can prove your travel purpose.
  • Proof of a medical appointment
  • Travel itinerary. A detailed plan of what you intend to do during your stay in the country.
  • Any document that proves your travel purpose.

Letter of support/invitation

Sometimes, you may need to provide an invitation letter from someone in Canada. This person should be a Permanent Residence or a Canadian citizen.

The person who sends you the invitation letter takes legal responsibility for you. You should include that letter in your application.


Canada Visa requirements for minors (under 17)

Those who are under 17 must accept the same rules as all other visitors. But, the Embassy needs more documents for children. It depends on how they are traveling. All minors must have:


  • Passport
  • Birth certificate copy


Other documents based on they are traveling alone or with someone else, include:

Traveling alone: travel authorization letter, signed by parents or legal keeper.

The letter has to:

  • Be in either French or English.
  • Include the parents’/legal guardians’ phone number and address.
  • Include information (name, address, phone number) of the person who will take care of the child in Canada

Accompanied by one parent: Signed letter of authorization from the parent who is not traveling with them. It has to include:

  • The phone number and address of the parent are not traveling.
  • The photocopy of the passport and national ID card of the parent not traveling.


Let’s sum up…

In this blog, we explained all the requirements for a Canada Visa.

We explained, general requirements, required documents according to your job status, the necessities for minors, and more. Please note that even one simple fault with your documents will make the processing time longer. It could even lead to visa denial.

To find out more about the visa that suits you, go through the menu of the site. You can find all types of Canada visa at the left sidebar.

You can check visa library website to find more information about other countries’ visas.

In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences as comments is a great help for applicants.

Last Updated on June 9, 2020

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