Travel: How To Apply For A Tourist Visa To Canada From Nigeria

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In more recent times, thousands of Nigerians are embracing the Canadian dream whether it’s for school, immigration, work or just tourism. Canada is a beautiful country with a vast expanse of land, water landscapes (Lake Victoria, Niagara Falls, etc), snowy mountains and beautiful neon glow of the northern lights; it is safe, friendly and multicultural. There are so many reasons why you should visit Canada; this is because they have an array of fun outdoor activities at your disposal whether you’re there for the nature, culture, diversity, music, sports, arts, film festivals, or an all time adrenaline junkie.

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According to Wikipedia, Canada is located on the northern half of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.

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Traveling to Canada from Nigeria is fun but in reality, it is a long and tedious process but if you understand the procedures involved it all works out well in the end, which is why we at Travel Lounge have highlighted the best ways to go about your tourist Canada visa and immigration needs.

What Canadian visa am I applying for?

The tourist visa is ranked under Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Application for short stay; this is available to visitors on vacation, tourism, visiting family and friends.

What is your eligibility for a Canadian Visa?

  1. A valid international passport, if you don’t have one click here for details
  2. Knowledge of medical history
  3. Evidence of work history, business assets and family
  4. Sufficient funds in your account to cover all travel expense
  5. Availability of all visa and immigration supporting documents
  6. You must pose no security, health or violent threats to yourself and others, also, you must have a clean record void of any criminal activities

Considering the validity of your eligibility status, you can now proceed to fill your visa application form.

Application form
This is done in two ways such as online application form and offline paper download.
Online: Before proceeding to apply online, have easy access to an electronic scanner/printer, PDF reader software and a valid credit card for payments. You will be required to create a visa application account for your application process. Click here for access to the online form
Offline: This comes with a complete explanation guide for visa application process; each applicant should fill and sign their own forms, even though you’re traveling as a family. If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian should sign the forms. The forms consist of the following:
Document Checklist [IMM 5484]

Visa office instructions – Visit [IMM 5873]

Application for Temporary Resident Visa [IMM 5257]

Family Information [IMM 5645]

Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409]

Use of a Representative [IMM 5476]

Last page barcodes and signature validation page (this should be signed, dated and placed on top of application package)

Click here for the offline form download

VFS consent form
These are the exclusive visa administrative service centre approved by the Canadian government. You have to fill out the VFS consent form and attach it with your application form. Note that non-conformance can lead to form returns.

Here are the supporting documents for Canada visa and immigration from Nigeria:
Supporting documents

  • Nigerian passport valid for at least six months
  • Medical report and photocopy of Yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • A detailed bank statement from your financial institution showing evidence of sufficient funds
  • One recent color passport photograph with a white background, click here for Visa application photograph specifications
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • Confirmation of travel insurance
  • Letter of consent from your employer or education establishment
  • A letter of declaration/request for a Canadian visa

Visa fees
Payment of visa and biometric fees is done online using credit/prepaid cards and at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) office at Lagos and Abuja, which ever is more convenient for you. Visa fees are individual CAN$100 (N23, 000), Family CAN$500 (N115, 000), biometric fees are as follows CAN$85 (N19, 550) for individual, CAN$170 (N39, 100) for family. Please note that you will be charged an additional services charge of CAN$49.73 (N11, 400) along with the above mentioned fees. Online payment can only be allowed when you submit your application (either online or offline application), when you finish, you must print your receipt and submit to the VFS Global office.
Click here for Visa fees confirmation

Submit your application and supporting documents
Submission of forms, passport, all supporting documents, biometrics and visa fees payment is done at the CVAC Nigerian office, you’ll be issued a receipt which contains a unique tracking number to track your application progress online. Visa applications are accepted on Mondays to Fridays 08:00am – 03:00pm; note that you’re not allowed to submit via mail.

These are the CVAC office locations in Nigeria:

Canada Visa Application Centre, Lagos
Manor Hall, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
Opposite Treasure Garden Estate,
Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos

Canada Visa Application Centre, Abuja
62, Lobito Crescent,
Wuse 2,
Abuja

Visa processing time and tracking
For Canada visa processing time, click here
Click here to track your application

Passport submission
After review, you’ll receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport; the passport along with the request letter from IRCC may be submitted through the CVAC office either in person or by courier, all accompanying service charges, courier fees and a self addressed prepaid courier envelope should be included as well.
The service charge of CAN$39.79 (N9, 150) should be paid at any GT bank with the details below:
Account Name: CANADA VALUE ADDED SERVICE COLLECTION
Account Number: 0109515451
After payment, details should be forwarded to info.cannig@vfshelpline.com
Passport will be submitted to The Deputy High Commission of Canada. After review, you’ll be notified of passport retrieval which you can pick up in person or use the self addressed prepaid courier envelope.

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