The vast landscapes, vibrant cities, and friendly people of Canada beckon travellers from around the world. Whether you're yearning for breathtaking mountain hikes, world-class museums, or the warmth of poutine on a chilly day, a Canadian adventure awaits. But before you hop on a plane, understanding the visa process is crucial.


This guide demystifies the world of Canada visas, equipping you with the knowledge and resources to navigate the application process smoothly. From temporary visitor visas to study permit

Types of Canadian Visas

  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV): Your gateway to exploring Canada as a tourist, visitor, or business traveller for up to 6 months.

  • Study Permit: Dive into the Canadian education system and pursue your academic aspirations at a designated learning institution.

  • Work Permit: Land your dream job and contribute your skills to Canada's thriving workforce.

  • Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD): Ensure smooth entry and exit as a Canadian permanent resident without your PR card.

Validity for Different Types of Canadian Visa

Let us check the validity of different types of Canada visas.

Types of Canadian Visa

Validity Period

Temporary/Visitor visa

6 months

Transit visa

Up to 48 hours

Super visa

Up to 2 years

Study permit

Course duration + 90 days

Work permit

Depends on the job and its duration

Eligibility Criteria

  • Valid Passport: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Canada.

  • Good Health and Clean Record: A clean criminal and immigration record is crucial.

  • Financial Stability: Demonstrate sufficient funds to support your stay and expenses in Canada.

  • Specific Requirements: Each visa category may have additional requirements, such as proof of enrollment for a study permit or a job offer for a work permit.

How to apply for a 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 a 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 photos. 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 certificates to apply for a visa

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Documents Required for Canada Visa Application

Documents required for Canada visa process from India are as follows:

  • Valid passport with at least two blank pages

  • Duly filled application form

  • Xerox of round air ticket or travel itinerary

  • Two photographs with your name and birth date written on the back

  • Proof of financial capability, such as the latest income tax return

  • Letter of invitation from your business partner residing in Canada (for a business visitor visa)

  • Medical examination report from an approved medical service provider in New Delhi

  • English or French language test score


Note: You may have to furnish more documents based on the type of Canadian visa you need.

How to Check Your Canada Visa Status?

Follow the below steps to check the status of your Canada visa application online.

  1. Visit the official website of the Government of Canada.

  2. Go to ‘Immigration and Citizenship’.

  3. Select the ‘My Application’ option.

  4. Click on ‘Check your application status’.

  5. Enter the type of visa application.

  6. Log in to your account and check the Canada visa application status.

Canada Visa Requirements

Tourist Visa Requirements in Canada (Temporary Visa)

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

  • You must have a passport

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

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

  • You must demonstrate the financial capacity to pay for your stay in Canada

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


Study-in-Canada Visa Requirements

Here are a few Canada visa requirements for students:

  • You must have a passport

  • 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 and take care of 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-in-Canada Visa Requirements

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

  • You must have a passport

  • You must not have a 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



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Which visa do I need to visit Canada?

It depends on your trip! Most tourists need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). If you're studying, working, or a permanent resident returning without your PR card, different visas apply.

How much does a Canada visa cost?

Fees vary depending on the visa type. TRVs cost CAD 100, while study permits and work permits cost slightly more.

How long does it take to get a Canada visa?

Processing times depend on the visa type and workload. Expect around 12 days for TRVs, 4 weeks for study permits, and 7 weeks for work permits.

Can I apply online?

Absolutely! Applying online is often faster and more convenient. You can also apply at VFS Global Canada Visa Application Centres.

What documents do I need?

The essentials include a valid passport, proof of finances, a travel itinerary, and sometimes medical exams and police certificates. Specific requirements vary by visa type.

I don't have a job or a lot of money, can I still get a visa?

Demonstrating financial stability is important. However, factors like ties to your home country and the purpose of the visit can also be considered.

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