Advice for Visitors to Canada
Indians Visiting Canada
There are many reasons why residents of India may want to visit Canada;
some come as a tourist, while others enter the country as a student or
worker. Indian residents, as well as those from Bhutan and Nepal, must
secure a visa before entering Canada.
The Canadian government has offices in New Delhi and Chandigarh, serving
the regions of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. In addition to these two Canadian
government offices, Indians visiting Canada can submit their applications
at one of the VFS Application Centres located in nine cities across India,
or the one in Nepal.
There are several types of visas available for Indians visiting Canada.
After choosing the appropriate visa for your purpose (visiting, studying,
working or moving), a visa application must be filled out and submitted
with the fee. When applicants use the services of a VFS Application Centre,
they must pay an additional service charge over the standard fee. A duly
completed application can be submitted in person, or mailed to the appropriate
Final decisions are not made by personnel at the VFS Application Centres.
Staff at these locations simply collect applications, provide guidance
and answer questions. Visa applications are processed by Visa Officers
at the two Canadian High Commission offices located in New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Indians Visiting Canada to Study
Residents of India wishing to pursue studies in Canada for a period exceeding
six months must obtain a study permit. Those wishing to study in Canada
for a period less than six months do not require a study permit, and can
apply for a visitor’s visa. It is to be noted that, in the case
of a lengthy course program, a student cannot study in Canada on a visitor’s
visa for six months and then apply for a study permit at a later date.
All Indian students wanting to apply for a study permit must prove to
an officer that:
- They will leave Canada at the end of their preauthorized stay.
- They will not violate the conditions of admission, such as working
without the proper authorization.
- They have the necessary funds to pay for their tuition and living
expenses, as well as the living expenses of any other accompanying family
members, and that they also have the financial means to travel to and
from Canada without working in the country.
- They are considered admissible according to the Immigration and Refugee
Indian students must provide to the proper authorities a valid letter
of acceptance to a Canadian academic institution in order to obtain a
study permit. Moreover, Indians visiting Canada to study should apply
for their study permit at least two months in advance in order to not
miss any registration dates due to application processing issues.
Need Visa Help?
Apart from having offices in New Delhi and Chandigarh, there are Canadian
consulates and trade offices in Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore,
Hyderabad, and Kolkata to assist Indians visiting Canada. Moreover, India
has High Commission offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
Indians visiting relatives in Canada
As of December 1, 2011 Parents and Grandparents from India can visit their relatives in Canada using the Super Visa. This visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to two years. Visitors may make multiple trips without applying for a new entry visa. See more on the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.