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How to Apply for Your Temporary Resident Visa

Once you have checked that you need a temporary resident visa (transit, tourism, business, etc.), please follow these steps to submit a complete application:

  1. Check the processing times

    Find out how long it takes to process a standard visa application at this office so that you will know how far in advance to apply. Please note that this is not a guarantee. You are urged to apply early to avoid disappointment. Earliest possible time for application should not be more than six months before your planned entry to Canada.
  2. Determine how you will apply

    There are two ways to apply:

    • Apply online
      To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit card for payment. Determine your eligibility and apply online
    • Apply on paper
      Please follow steps 3 to 5 below.
  3. Read the instruction guide and complete the on-line application form, validate and print

    The instruction guide contains important information about temporary resident visas and instructions to help you complete your application. Read the guide carefully and use the document checklist. The completed application MUST include the barcode page.  Your application may be returned or refused if you do not provide all the requested information, documents and fees.

  4. Pay the processing fee

    Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of a temporary resident visa and how to pay. Please note that the processing fee is non-refundable in all cases. If you need to give your biometrics, you will also need to pay the $85.

  5. Submit your application and supporting documents 
    Apply online or submit your application in person at a visa application centre (VAC). In either case, if you need to give your biometrics, this will be completed at a VAC. Find your closest VAC.
    Submit your application package (forms and supporting documents) according to the guidelines for submitting an application.

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