Iranians Visiting Canada 

Iranians visiting Canada need to secure a temporary resident visa before they are allowed to enter the country. Temporary resident visas, study permits, and work permits are issued to Iranians through the Embassy of Canada to Turkey located in Ankara, Turkey. Application forms can be obtained at this office or downloaded from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Applicants may choose to submit their applications in person, by regular mail or by courier. 

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It is recommended that applications be submitted at least one month prior to the departure date. Upon approval, 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 inquiries regarding eligibility at the port of entry. 

Visa Eligibility 

Those travelling 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 appointed stay
  • 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 need to present a Police Clearance Certificate)
  • Show evidence of good health (applicant may need to complete a medical exam)
  • Provide all documents required by the visa officer

Required Documentation 

Along with their 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
  • Their biometrics profile (photo and fingerprints)

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 permit or study permit respectively. However, in certain cases, these permits are not required. For instance, if the visitor in question plans to study for a period of less than six months, a permit will not be needed. Certain classes of workers such as clergy, foreign government officers, military personnel, and other specific exceptions do not need a work permit. 

Important Considerations 

  • Each accompanying family member will require his or her own application form; however, the applications may be submitted together and processed under one payment receipt for the total fee amount
  • If a medical examination is required, up to an additional four weeks may be affixed to the application processing time
  • Processing fees, which are non-refundable, can be paid in Iranian Rials at a Tejarat Bank (the original receipt of payment must be included with the visa application)
  • Iranians visiting Canada can obtain visa assistance at the Embassy of Iran located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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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 can make multiple trips during this period without applying for a new entry visa each time. For more information, see the Super Visa.

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