Advice for Visitors to Canada
Iranians Visiting Canada
Iranians visiting Canada need to obtain a temporary resident visa before
they are allowed to enter onto Canadian soil. Temporary resident visas,
study permits, and work permits are issued by the visa offices located
in Ankara, Abu Dhabi, and Damascus. Applications can be obtained at these
offices or downloaded from the CIC
website. Applicants may choose to submit their applications
in person, by regular mail or by courier.
It is recommended
that applications be submitted one month prior to the departure date.
If the application is approved, applicants must report to a visa office
to present their original passport and any supporting documentation. Although
a temporary resident visa may be granted, it does not guarantee entry
into Canada; Iranians visiting Canada must still satisfy a visa officer’s
eligibility inquiry at the port of entry.
Travellers from Iran to Canada need to meet certain eligibility prerequisites
before applying for a temporary resident visa, which include the following:
- Assure a visa officer that they will depart from Canada after their
- Show proof of financial means to support themselves and any family
members during their stay in Canada, and for their return to Iran
- Agree not to work or study in Canada without proper authorization
- Satisfy a visa officer that they do not pose a security risk to Canada
- Have no criminal background (applicant may have to present a Police
- Show evidence of good health (applicant may have to complete a medical
- Provide any documents required by the visa officer.
Aside from the duly completed visa application form, Iranians visiting
Canada must also provide the following:
- A valid passport
- Two passport-size photos with applicant’s full name and birth
date printed on the back
- Financial records, such as pay stubs or bank statements, as proof
of sufficient funds to support a stay in Canada and return to Iran.
Work and Study Permits
In order for Iranians visiting Canada to be eligible to work or study
in the country, they must hold a work or study permit respectively. However,
in certain cases, these permits are not required. If the visitor plans
to study for a period of less than six months, a study permit is not needed.
Certain classes of workers such as clergy, foreign government officers,
military personnel, as well as more
specific exceptions, do not need a work permit.
- A spouse, common-law partner, or child (children) traveling with the
applicant do not need to fill out a separate application; however, they
must be listed in the appropriate spaces on the primary application.
- If a medical examination is required, an additional three months can
be affixed to the application processing time.
- Processing fees (non-refundable) can be paid in Iranian Rials at
the Tejarat Bank and the original receipt of payment must be included
with the visa application.
- Iranians visiting Canada can obtain visa help at the Embassy of Iran
located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Iranians visiting relatives in Canada
As of December 1, 2011 Parents and Grandparents from Iran 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.