Do you want to migrate to Canada and aren’t sure about the visa cost? Do you want to apply for your Canadian visa and aren’t sure of the requirements? This article contains information covering the cost of a Canadian visa, the types, and the requirements for application.
The cost of a Canadian visa greatly depends on the type of visa you are going for. Different types of visas can be applied, each with its costs and requirements. Canada isn’t a visa-free country for Nigerian passport holders.
Most people who apply for a Canadian visa do so through the Express Entry system. This is the most popular method because it only takes a few minutes to complete and costs nothing. It also gives you an edge over other applicants because you will get an invitation to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
There are other ways to apply for Canadian permanent residence beside the Express Entry system:
- In-Canada Spousal Sponsorship Program – This is similar to Express Entry but has different eligibility requirements and processing times depending on where your spouse is located in Canada
- Caregiver Program – This allows foreign caregivers to come to Canada to work as care aides or home health aides. Applicants must be eligible under one of several categories, such as live-in caregivers or temporary resident permit holders, before applying for permanent residence under this program.
- The business class allows foreign entrepreneurs to invest least$300,000 into their business in Canada or create at least two full-time jobs.
How Much is Canadian Visa from Nigeria?
Below are the types of Canadian visa and their costs:
- Visitor Visa – This is for someone who wants to visit Canada for six months or less but does not want to take up employment in Canada. The cost of a Canadian visitor visa is $100.
- Work Permit – This is for someone who wishes to live and work in Canada for some time but does not want full citizenship. They can also apply for citizenship after living in Canada for three years. The cost of applying work permit is $155.
- Study Permit – The most popular Canadian visa is the study permit, which allows you to study at a college or university in Canada. The cost for a study permit application is $150
- Family Reunification – This applies if you have family members already living in Canada and wish to bring them to their home country with permission from the Canadian government. The application cost is $75 and $490 for the permanent residence fee, excluding orphaned and dependent children below 18.
- Working Holiday Visa – The Working Holiday Visa allows young people between 18 and 35 years old who hold a valid passport from certain countries to come to Canada as a visitor for between 12 to 24 months (depending on your nationality) during their stay in Canada. This visa is designed to let young people gain valuable work experience while traveling abroad by working legally in Canada. Your employer must have no less than 50 employees and be willing to provide you with at least 12 hours per week of employment or training during your stay in Canada. The visa application cost is $253.
What are the Documents Required for Canadian Visa Application
- A valid passport whose validity is remaining six months. Also, the passport should have at least one blank page.
- Proof of paid visa fees
- One completed and signed visa application form (PDF, 1MB).
- One passport-style (2″x2″) photograph taken within the last six months.
- Contact information for your travel agent or airline reservation if applicable.
- Proof of financial support (copy pages 2 and 3 of your bank statement or letter from your bank on company letterhead stating that you have sufficient funds).
- Proof of clean criminal records
- Proof that you’re a medically fit
- Proof that you will return to your home country upon the expiration of your Canada visa
- Civil status proof
- A cover letter that explains your purpose for traveling to Canada
What are the Requirements for Applying for a Canadian Visa
The requirements for a Canadian visa vary depending on your situation.
The following are general rules that apply to most applicants:
- You must be 18 or older to apply for a visitor visa or study permit.
- You must have enough money to support yourself while you’re in Canada. This includes the cost of food, lodging, and transportation. It also covers the cost of returning home if you don’t stay in Canada as long as planned.
- You must have medical insurance covering you for at least one year from arriving in Canada. You can show proof of this through A letter from your insurance company stating that they will cover you for at least one year from the date you arrive in Canada; or An official document issued by an organization responsible for social security coverage outside your country of residence that proves your coverage is valid for at least one year from the date you will arrive in Canada (for example a social security card). If you are applying for permanent residence status, you must prove that you meet all health-related requirements in section A34 of our guide – Medical Requirements for Immigrants.
- You must be able to support yourself and your family without becoming a financial burden on the government or society in general.
- You must be able to speak English or French (the two official languages of Canada) well enough to take care of yourself and your family in Canada.
- You must have no criminal record and health problems that would make it dangerous for Canadians to have you living among them (for example, if you had tuberculosis).
- You must be able to pass an interview with an immigration officer who will ask questions about why you want to come live in Canada, what kind of work experience you have, and so forth.
How long does it take to process a Canadian visitor visa application?
In general, the processing time for visitor visa applications varies depending on your country of residence and the destination you are traveling to in Canada. For instance, it takes around 2 to 4 weeks or longer in Nigeria.
What is the cost of getting a Canada visa from Nigeria?
There is no cost to apply for a Canada visa. However, if you are successful in your application, you will be required to pay the visa processing fee at the time of your interview. This fee is non-refundable even if your application is refused.
Can Canadian Visa be applied for in Nigeria?
Yes, you can apply for a Canadian Visa at the Canadian Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. The procedures are similar to those followed in other countries where Canada has Embassies and High Commissions.
What are Canadian visitor visa requirements?
You must demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada, proof of residence in Nigeria, and ties to your home country. You will also have to declare any criminal or immigration offenses you have committed. If you cannot provide this information, your application may be refused. The visa officer will also want to be sure that you have enough knowledge of Canada and its culture to ensure that you can integrate smoothly into Canadian society.
How long does it take for a visitor visa application?
The time it takes for your application to be processed varies depending on where you live and how quickly your documents are received. However, applications submitted with all necessary documents at the same time normally take 4-6 weeks from receipt of complete documentation at our office in Lagos before they are sent out for processing at the embassy in Abuja, Nigeria (where an immigration officer will review them). Once they arrive back in Lagos, applicants are contacted to arrange an interview if required. If no interview is required (for example, if all supporting documentation has been provided), applicants should receive their visas within two weeks of receiving their completed application form.
Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
Yes. All visitors from Nigeria require a visa to enter Canada.
How long does it take to get a Canadian temporary resident visa?
The processing time for Canadian temporary resident visas is approximately 2-3 weeks. This is not guaranteed but is based on the current processing times for applications submitted with complete documentation and correct fees. It may be faster or slower depending on the time of year and the number of applications received by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information about IRCC’s current processing times, please visit their website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/index.asp.
Can I apply by mail or courier?
No, all applications must be submitted at our Lagos office. Please contact the office if you cannot come in person due to a medical condition or other extenuating circumstances.
The cost of a Canadian visa varies. The type of visa you are applying for determines the cost you are paying. Is no flat rate for all visas. Ensure you visit their approved offices in Lagos and Abuja for the application process.