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Applying for a Canadian Visa


Do I Need a Visa to Go to Canada?

Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: Countries and Territories Requiring Visas, to see if you need a visa.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you need a visa to visit Canada, it is strongly suggested that you apply as early as possible. Going through the on-line process could take 1 month or more. 

What Type of Visa Do I Need to Visit Canada?

Canadian visitor visas are called Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs); this is the type of visa you will need to visit Canada for tourism. The Canadian Consulate in New York will decide what type of visa they will issue to you.

There are two types of TRVs:


A single-entry TRV allows you to travel between the United States and Canada for six months after you first use the visa, but before its written expiration date.  If you wish to enter from a country other than the US you may only use this visa once.   


A multiple-entry TRV allows you to enter Canada many times, from any country for the duration of the visa (usually 12 months).

How Much Does It Cost?

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Fee List 

Please be aware that you may be subject to a biometrics fee. This cost is in addition to the visa.

How Do I Apply?

Step One: Apply Online.

You must have a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express ONLY) to apply online. Debit cards are not acceptable. You must also have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for submission. This method is fastest and the more convenient of the options. You send scans of your documents and you do not have to send original documents until Canadian Immigration and Customs Service ask for them. The process may take from 1–2 months to complete. Online applications are given priority and are processed first.

Canadian Visa Online Application

We have created a guide to help you through the online process:

FA 2014 Canadian Visa Online Application Procedures

Please note that starting September 2013, citizens of some countries will have to give fingerprints and photographs in person in New York City when applying for a visitor's visa.

Find out if you need to give biometrics

If you are subject to biometrics after completing the Canadian Visa process online, CIC will send you a biometrics instruction sheet when they receive your application. You will need to read the letter in your MyCIC account, print a copy, and bring it along with your passport and I-20/Ds-2019 to the USCIS ASC in St. Albans or the VAC in New York City to give your biometrics in person.

Step Two: Through the VAC (Visa Application Centre) in New York City.

Please be aware that this service is not free. You will need to pay a service fee along with other fees in addition to the application fee. This service may give several benefits like extended hours of service, online tracking of your application and assurance that your application is complete and all the documentation is included.

If you would like to learn more, please visit the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in New York City.

If you are planning on completing the procedure by yourself online and not through the VAC in New York City, you will be still required to send your passport for processing to the VAC in New York City.

Please click here to find out what the directions are to send your passport to the VAC in New York City.

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