Canadian Visa Guide

Though the second largest country in the world by total area, Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. It has an estimated population of 37.74 million and a population density of only 4 people per square kilometre.

Canada is not only a land of opportunities and dreams but untouched natural beauty. Thousands of Indian tourists visit Canada every year. The country is also a hot destination for Indian students pursuing high-quality higher education and skilled workers seeking employment opportunities.

Therefore, a Canada visa - whether it’s a Canada tourist visa, student visa, work visa or permanent resident visa – is a sought after commodity for citizens from underdeveloped and developing economies. Here’s all the information you need while applying for a visa online.

VFS Global Canada

VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, is authorised by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to operate various Canada Visa Application Centres (CVAC) in India. These VACs handle Canada visa applications related to temporary resident visas, visitor visas, study permits and work permits. They are not authorised to handle permanent resident applications.

VFS Global Canada has CVACs in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Kolkata.

Types of Canada Visa

VFS Canada handles four types of visas for travelers desiring to enter Canada. They include:

  • Temporary resident visa

  • Study permit

  • Work permit

  • Permanent resident travel document

Temporary resident visa

A temporary resident visa, also called a visitor visa, is a mandatory document required to enter Canada. If you are looking for a Canada tourist visa, you need to apply for a visitor visa or temporary resident visa through a VFS Global Canada Visa Application Centre in India. You can stay up to a maximum of 6 months in Canada with a temporary resident visa.

Study permit

A study permit or student visa allows a foreign student to learn at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. Your Canada visa application as a student must be supported by proper documentation. You also need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA), which is something similar to the Indian e-visa, or a visitor visa to enter Canada. Only a study permit is not enough.

Work permit

If you are a foreign national, you need a work permit to work in Canada. Depending on your requirements, you should apply for an employer-specific work permit or open work permit.

Permanent resident travel document

If you are a permanent resident of Canada but do not have a valid PR card to show your citizenship, you need to apply for a permanent resident travel document. Whether you plan to enter the country by airplane, bus, boat or train, you need to furnish a PRTD to do that in Canada.

Canadian visa requirements

Temporary resident visa - Eligibility

A temporary resident visa applicant from India needs to meet the following requirements:

  • They must have a passport

  • They should be in good health and have no criminal or immigration-related convictions

  • They must be able to convince their immigration officer that they have a job, home, financial assets and a family in India to establish ties to your home country

  • They must demonstrate the financial capacity to pay for their stay in Canada

  • They may also need a medical exam and a letter of invitation from someone who resides in Canada

Study permit – Eligibility

To study in Canada, you need to fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be enrolled at a designated learning institution (DLI) to apply for a study permit

  • Must be able to prove you have enough money to pay your tuition fees, take care of family expenses

  • You must have no criminal records and may require a police certificate

  • You may also require a medical exam to verify your health

Work permit - Eligibility

Here are the eligibility requirements for a work permit in India.

  • You must have no record of criminal activity

  • You must have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members

  • You may be required to give your biometrics such as photo and fingerprint

Permanent resident travel document - Eligibility

As mentioned above, you must be a permanent resident of Canada to apply for a permanent resident travel document.

How to apply for Canada Visa

VFS Global Canada provides you with two options to apply for a Canadian visa. You can either make a Canada visa application through its Canada Visa Application Centres in India or apply online. If you apply online, it costs $100 CAD for a visitor visa plus $85 CAD as biometrics fee.

Step 1: Before you apply for a Canadian visa, check the eligibility criteria and verify that you meet the specified conditions

Step 2: Read the VFS Canada application guide and ensure that you have provided all the correct information while applying.

Step 3: If you are aged between 14 and 79 years, you will be asked to submit your biometric data such as fingerprints and photo. After you submit the biometric data, you also need to pay the biometrics fee.

Step 4: After the submission of biometrics, the application processing starts and the processing time depends upon the type of visa applied for and other factors.

Step 5: You are also required to submit documents such as medical exam reports and police certificate for apply for a visa

VFS Canada tracking of visa application

After you apply for a Canadian visa, you may like to carry out regular Canada visa tracking and verify the status of your application. VFS Canada tracking of visa applications is very easy. Just go to the “Track your Application” option on the VFS Global website and enter your details to know the status of your application.

When you submit your application on VFS Canada, you are given a unique tracking number. You can enter this number and your date of birth to track the status of your Canada visa application.

Don’t hold off on purchasing travel insurance on the assumption that you won’t find use for it. Most countries deem travel insurance mandatory for visa approval. Adequate travel insurance protection is a must if you are travelling abroad as it protects you against contingencies such as medical emergencies, trip cancellation, flight delays, personal accidents, loss of passport and baggage, and even home burglaries in your absence.

Buying travel insurance online doesn’t cost much time or money. In fact, you can buy Bajaj travel insurance starting at just Rs. 308 on Finserv MARKETS with a few clicks of a button. With 24/7 assistance, swift claim settlements and high medical coverage, you are assured of a safe and financially secure trip.

FAQs on Canadian Visa

  • ✔️Where should I submit my Canadian visa application?

    You can submit your application at the nearest CVAC in India or use Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to apply. You can do so using this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html
  • ✔️Do I need to take an appointment for submitting biometrics?

    Yes, you need to schedule an appointment with the nearest Canada Visa Application Centre to give your biometrics.
  • ✔️How do I pay the Government of Canada Fee for my visa application?

    You can pay using your debit or credit card on the IRCC website or at the Visa Application Centre.
  • ✔️What are the documents required for visa approval?

    Documents such as your passport, visa application form, medical test results, police clearance certificate, proof of paid visa fees, proof of financial means and, last but definitely not the least, proof of travel insurance, should be presented for visa approval.

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