How to apply for Canadian Visa

How to Apply For Canadian Visa in Nigeria- Complete Guide. Canada Visa Application Guide for Nigerian Passport Holders

How to apply for Canadian Visa

Whether you’re planning your first trip to Canada or returning to explore its diverse cities, you’ll need a Canada visa to make your travel dreams a reality. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of applying for a Tourist Visa step by step, making your journey to Canada a little less daunting.




 Duration: This guide is specifically tailored to Nigerian passport holders.

 Purpose: Applying for a Canada Tourist Visa.


Types of Visas


Canada offers several types of visas, including:

  1. Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)
  2. Student Visa
  3. Work Visa


Visa Validity


 Multipleentry visa: Allows stays of up to six months at a time, valid for up to ten years.

 Singleentry visa: Allows one visit to Canada, valid for up to six months from the date of arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date to Nigeria.

How to Apply for a Canada Visa Online

Whether you choose to apply online or in person through a visa application center, follow these steps:

  1. Download required forms: Document Checklist, Visitor Visa (IMM 5257), and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
  2. Fill out the forms and gather supporting documents.
  3. If using a thirdparty provider like VFS Global, complete the consent form.
  4. Pay the visa fees.
  5. Submit your application to the nearest visa application center along with the required documents and payment.
  6. Pay the service charge and obtain a receipt for tracking your application online.
  7. If unable to provide all documents, complete a waiver form and attach it to your application.

Canada Visa Fees

 1. Processing fee (online/in person): Approximately ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)

2. Biometrics fee (per person): Approximately ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)

Canada Visa Requirements

Ensure you have the following documents:

  1. Completed Visitor Visa and Family Information forms.
  2. Original and copy of Nigerian passport.
  3. Two color photographs meeting visa photo requirements.
  4. Proof of application and biometric fees.
  5. Proof of sufficient funds for the trip.
  6. Proof of ties to Nigeria.
  7. Copy of provisional flight booking and travel itinerary.
  8. Previous passports showing travel history.
  9. Additional supporting documents as needed.

Where to Apply and How to Apply

You can apply online or visit a VFS Global Visa Application Center in Nigeria:

 Lagos: 4 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island

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

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

Online Application

Apply online via the IRCC website, ensuring you have access to a scanner and a credit card for payment.

Courier Service

Choose to collect your passport in person or have it couriered to your address upon completion. Ensure you have the required documents for collection.

With this guide, navigating the Canada visa application process as a Nigerian passport holder should be more manageable, bringing you one step closer to your Canadian adventure.

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