If you are legally admitted to Nigeria you may apply in Lagos. However, we prefer that you apply to the office responsible for the country where you normally reside. That office is most suited to assess your documents and situation. List of countries and corresponding Canadian visa offices
However, if you do apply in Lagos, then state clearly on your application why you have not applied in your normal country of residence.
No. Applications are processed on a "first come, first served" basis. In order to benefit from extended business hours, on site client service and to minimize delays caused by incomplete documentation, we recommend that applicants submit applications at the visa application centre (VAC) in Lagos. Refer to How to Submit your Application for details.
When an application for a temporary resident visa, work permit or study permit is assessed, the applicant’s general financial situation is taken into account. You must therefore submit proof of your own financial situation. If you are financially dependent on someone, you should provide a letter from that person explaining your relationship and you may supply proof of that person’s financial situation if they have provided it to you.
If you are already in Canada, you should consult the CIC webpage on Visiting Canada: Extending your Stay. If you have left Canada and your permit has expired, you must apply for a new permit at a visa office outside Canada. You must prove that you still meet the necessary requirements.
We would prefer that your application submission include all supporting documents. If applicable, you should include an invitation letter. The invitation letter should advise what personal documents will be made available and must include your hosts’ email contact details. Financial or other personal documents from your host may be sent directly to our office but only on our request after your file has been opened. Any extra documentation should include your name and file number. Documents sent to our office prior to receipt of an application and without a file number cannot be matched to the application and will not considered in the processing of the application.
An agent cannot guarantee you will receive a visa for Canada. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit regardless of who makes the submission for them. For more information, click here.
A refusal decision is final and your file has been closed. An applicant has the right to re-apply. Please note that any new information you wish to provide must be submitted with a new application and processing fee. However, we suggest that you do so only if your situation has changed substantively or you have significant new information to support your application.
There are no time limitations. However, we suggest that you do so only if your situation has changed substantively or you have significant new information to support your application.
Proof of funds can be in the form of your certified bank statements or your sponsor’s certified bank statements accompanied by an affidavit from your sponsor confirming that they will be financially responsible for you. All funds must be in an account in Canada or in the country of your current residence. General letters of reference from banks are not sufficient. For more details, refer to the Study permit checklist.
A Study or Work Permit is not an authorized travel document. You must submit a completed temporary resident (visitor) application and applicable processing fee. You must also provide a copy of any study enrolment certificate or employment letter to validate your application.
Applications are processed in the order that we receive them. By applying at a Visa Application Centre (VAC), you can prevent delays, since they will ensure that your application form is complete and that all of the supporting documents and the correct fees are included with your application.
It depends on the conviction(s). All criminal convictions must be declared on the Application form and supported by an original police certificate and explanation of the events leading to the conviction. A visa officer will then assess the application and you will be advised of the outcome.
Every application must be completely filled and supported with the required documents regardless of the number of times you have been issued a visa for Canada.
If subsequent travel to Canada is something you foresee in the near future for business or to be able to repeatedly visit your children during their study or work program you may wish to request for multiple entry visa. Provide us with information as to why you are requesting multiple entry and demonstrate that funds will be available for the travel. However, it is the decision of the visa officer whether a single or multiple entry visa is issued regardless of the fee paid.
Decide what type of visa you wish to apply for, single entry or multiple entry, and then select the most cost effective rate based on the number of family members included in the travel. If you have 3 or more family members wishing multiple entry, and your request is supported, you should consider the family rate. If you have 6 or more family members requesting single entry you should also consider the family rate.
We will not respond to emails within the standard process time. Only contact us within the process time if you have an emergency situation. We will not contact you directly unless we need additional information. If you have submitted your application via the Lagos Visa Application Centre (VAC), please inquiry with them.
Only under exceptional circumstances will we accept an application when a passport is not initially included. This will need to be pre-arranged. In your application, include a notarized copy of each page of your passport and an explanation as to why you cannot submit your passport. Once the application has been screened by support staff, we will advise you to submit your passport when available to you. When it is received, it will go into our normal review queue to be reviewed by a visa officer. Our standard processing time applies after receipt of the passport.
If you applied at Lagos Visa Application Centre (VAC), contact them first. If you live in Lagos or immediate surrounding area you may come to our office during normal working hours to explain the need to withdraw your passport. Your reason must be of a nature that would warrant the return of the travel document. If you do not live in the immediate area you will need to email our office and submit your request. We can return your passport in your pre-paid return courier envelope to you. Contact the Visa and Immigration Section. Unfortunately if you borrow your passport, our normal processing time applies after it is returned. Also please note that it may take several days to read your email and for the courier delivery time to return your passport.
When applying you should provide information as to why you would be making subsequent trips to Canada and demonstrate you have funding to support repeated travel. It is the decision of the visa officer whether a single or multiple entry visa is issued regardless of what fee you have paid.
Your visa does not indicate the length of stay in Canada, it only indicates the period in which you must reach the Port Of Entry (POE). When you arrive at the POE the Canada Border Service Agency Officer will advise you as to your authorized length of stay.
Our Lagos office does not process applications for those wishing to immigrate to Canada. If you would like to immigrate, refer to the website of our office in Accra.
You will need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document in accordance with our submission requirements. Please note that you may be required to attend an interview and possibly take a medical exam.
You should immediately contact the CIC office or visa office near you. Provide your full name as it appears on the card, date of birth and contact information. Click here to contact our visa office.
You must submit original police certificates, however these originals will not be returned to you so please keep a copy for your records.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has no lottery system. If you would like to immigrate to Canada, please visit the website of our office in Accra.
The more information you can provide about your plans the better. Ideally we would expect an itinerary, travel and hotel reservations and other information about the purpose of your trip.