Advice for Visitors to Canada
Filipinos Visiting Canada
People from certain countries need a visa to come to Canada. Filipinos arriving in Canada for the purpose of visiting, working or studying must have a visa to enter the country. So whether you are a live-in caregiver, a temporary worker with a valid work permit, a student with a valid study permit, or simply coming to reconnect with family, you will be requested to show a visa upon arrival.
Individuals from the Filipines with diplomatic status, with service or official passports, are not exempt from the rule as they do require a special diplomatic – they also need a visa to enter Canada. However, they are exempt from paying the processing fees if prior approval has been granted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
How to Apply for a Visa
To apply for a visa as a Filipino visiting Canada, simply go to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website and download the following forms:
Note: if you will be traveling with your spouse or common law partner, and/or any dependant children (under 22 years of age), you will need to submit a separate application form for each accompanying family member; however, the applications may be submitted together and processed under one payment receipt for the total fee amount.
Conditions for Approval
Filipinos visiting Canada must agree to certain terms and conditions before their application can be approved. Here are three important rules:
Moreover, the assisting visa officer will take the following factors into consideration:
As of December 31st, 2018, a biometrics profile (photo and fingerprints) will be part of the application process for all Filipinos traveling to Canada. While a medical examination report is not mandatory with the visa application , a visa officer can require, at his discretion, that you undergo a medical exam. In such case, an agent would contact you to give you instructions on how to proceed.
In Canada, the Filipine Embassy is located in Ottawa. However, there are consulates located in cities all across Canada, including St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver.