Advice for Visitors to Canada
Indians Visiting Canada
There are many reasons why residents of India may want to visit Canada.
Some come as tourists, while others enter the country as students or
workers. Indian residents, as well as those from Bhutan and Nepal, must
secure a visa before they can cross into Canada.
Application forms can be downloaded and printed from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website and submitted
to one of ten Canada Visa Application Centres (CVACs) in India.
Visa and Permit Information
There are different types of visas and permits available for Indians visiting Canada.
Those coming particularly to work, study, or immigrate, must file for the correct entry document. Visa applications must be completely filled out and submitted
along with the processing fee. When applicants use the services of a CVAC,
they are required to pay an additional service charge on top of the standard fee. A
completed application can be submitted in person or mailed to the appropriate address.
Final decisions are not made by personnel at the CVAC.
Staff at these locations simply collect applications, provide guidance
and answer questions. All visa applications are processed and subject to review by visa officials at the Canadian embassy or consulate offices in India.
Note: as of December 31st, 2018, a biometrics profile (photo and fingerprints) will be part of the application process for all Indians traveling to Canada, no matter the purpose of their visit.
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 studying in Canada
for a period less than six months do not require a study permit, and can
apply for a visitor’s visa alone. Study permits are typically valid for the entire term of the study program, plus an added 90 days.
To apply for a study permit, an Indian student must prove to the authorities 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
- They also have the financial means to travel to and from Canada
- They are considered admissible according to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Students must also provide the authorities with a valid letter
of acceptance to a Canadian academic institution in order to obtain their
study permit. Moreover, Indians visiting Canada to study should apply
for their permit at least two months in advance so as not to
miss any registration dates due to application processing issues.
Indians visiting Canada who require assistance with their visa application can turn to the Canadian embassy office in New Delhi or one of four consulate offices: Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Mumbai. In Canada, there is a High Commission of India office in Ottawa, as well as consulate offices in 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 can make multiple trips during this period without applying for a new entry visa each time. For more information, see the Super Visa.