How to Apply for Canadian Visitor Visa in Nigeria

How to Apply for Canadian Visitor Visa in Nigeria

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The Canadian Visitor Visa serves similar purposes as the UK Visitor Visas. Also called Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), it is a conditional authorization granted by the Canadian government for visiting Canada for leisure or business or travelling as a parent or grandparent of a permanent Canadian resident (this services is provided under the Super visa TRV).

For visiting Canada for other purposes not catered for by the Canadian Visitor visa or TRV, one would need to apply for any of the four other Canadian visas: Study Permits, Work Permits, or Permanent Travel Document. Articles on these visa types will be released soon, so watch out. But now, let’s look at the steps for applying for Canadian Visitor visa.

How to Apply for Canadian Visitor Visa in Nigeria

Generally there are two method of application namely: online base and paper based application. Now let me explain the application procedure for each method.

Canada Visa Application in Nigeria | Online Base Method

Step 1:

Visit this link and click on the ‘Check your eligibility’ button.

Step 2

Fill the online application form to know if you are eligible for the Canadian Visitor visa and to create a personal checklist of all the documents that you need to submit with your application form.

Step 3

Review your answers and first print the ‘Your Document Checklist’ then follow the processes highlight in the ‘steps’ on the page.

Step 4

Now Visit the online application portal HERE to register and login with your credentials.

Step 5

Scan all your application supporting document and upload in your application dashboard. Once you have successfully uploaded all the application supporting document, you will then continue to a page where you can pay your visa fee with a credit/Debit Card.

Step 6

After step 5 is completed, you will be able to print application confirmation letter and biometrics letter. Your international passport and these letter are to be taken to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) for biometrics.


Canada Visa Application in Nigeria | Paper Base Method

Step 1

Download and Fill the Canadian visa application form and Family information form.

Click here to download Visitor Visa application form. Click here to download Family information form.

Step 2

Take the filled forms and other application Supporting Documents to the Visa Application Centre (VAC).


Canada Visa Application Document Checklist

  • As already mentioned above the following forms must be filled and either scanned or printed for submission at the VAC.
  • Passport Data page
  • 2 passport photograph white background.
  • Proof of Financial Support.
    • 4 Months statement of account.
    • Pay slip
    • Landed property document and car proof of ownership documents etcetera.
  • Photocopy of your Marriage License/Certificate.
  • Hotel Reservation:In the case where you have no one to invite you, you will need a valid hotel booking as proof of accommodation arrangement. Your hotel booking should be valid and should be verifiable if the embassy calls the hotel. Many hotels will cancel your booking once payment is not received within 24 hours after booking, this could lead to visa refusal. Also, we would not encourage spending lots of money to book hotel when you have not received your visa. We have a solution for the hotel booking which you should see in order not to fall victim. Read our Hotel Reservation + Flight Reservation for visa application post
  • Flight Reservation: Read our Hotel Reservation + Flight Reservation for visa application post


Your forms (including the barcoded sheets) can only be printed on a white, bond, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer.

Canada Uses a third party company for collection of visa application documents. Visa Application Centre (VAC) is operated by VFS GLOBAL.

You cannot submit your application by mail to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Nigeria because you will have to give your biometrics before you submit your application and your biometrics will be given at the CVA.

Canada Embassy Uses a third party company for collection of visa application documents. Visa Application Centre (VAC) is operated by VFS GLOBAL.

The addresses of the VFS GLOBAL in Nigeria are:

Lagos: VFS Global, Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, (Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway) Lekki Phase I, Lagos.

Abuja: VFS Global France Visa Application Centre, 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse-2.  Abuja.

Finally, hand submit your application at the VCA and obtain a receipt. This receipt contains a unique tracking number which you will need to track the progress of your application online.

Kindly note that you should not address your letters such as company introduction letter or bank reference letter etcetera to VFS GLOBAL. All letters should be addressed to the Visa officer at the Canadian Embassy. For CANADA embassy address, please click here.

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P.S: Good luck and God bless!

If you have not taken our free visa eligibility test, we advise you take the test now in order to properly plan your application.

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2018-07-04T09:07:44+00:00May 2nd, 2016|Visa Application|17 Comments


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  2. Otas January 16, 2017 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Hello, thanks for this information… Please I want to know, after applying online and going for biometrics, will have to submit my international passport at the Visa Application Center and leave it with them?

    • Adeniyi Sheriff January 16, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      For online application, you will only do biometrics at vfs, your passport won’t be collected. You will be informed to bring your passport when your visa is approved.

  3. Jay March 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Hello, This is a very helpful forum. my question is…How do I upload all my family passport photo for online application since it only allows one photo upload.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff March 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      For online Canada visa application, you will have to submit both visa application form and passport photograph for each family member separately. Each application will be completed before the next and so on until all family members supporting documents have been uploaded. You may not get the opportunity to upload other family members documents, in your case passport photograph, if when filling the questionnaire for online visa application eligibility, you didn’t fill yes when asked “do you want want to submit application for a family member”. If that is the case, please start over and make sure you fill the questionnaire right this time. Good to know that you like my blog. Support me by buying your flight ticket and travel insurance on this website. These items are available on the home page. Thank you.

  4. Linda August 8, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Thank you for this post. It was indeed helpful.

    My question is while filling the form for paper application. There’s a column; details of visit to Canada, I filled tourism and they are asking name and address of the person/institute I will visit in Canada. I filled previously that I don’t have any family or spouse in Canada that I am travelling solely for vacation. What do you think I should fill in that space?

    Also, I intend to use hotel booking for where I will be staying while in Canada. Should I put that or must I have a contact person in Canada to use?

  5. Sheriff subair adeniyi August 9, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    You only need to fill the name and address of your hotel in place of contact person in Canada

  6. ADETAYO SUNDAY January 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Good work sir the almighty will continue to bless u, pls l need a favour from you l was denied a visa a year ago due to personal assets and financial status, although l have work on my financial status but an having an issue with personal assets, pls kindly assist me by listing out the type of Personal assets l can add to my application.

  7. IBRAHIM B BELLO May 1, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Please Canadian Government changed it’s Visa policy for Nigerians or increase the visa fees.
    For the past 15 years I and my wife are usually given 3 to 4 years multiple entry visa to Canada.
    But when we applied two months ago and received the visas,we were given only one year multiple entry visa to Canada.
    Has the Canadian Government changed it’s visa policy for Nigeria or/and has the visa fees been increased so that the amount we paid covers only one year multiple visa.
    Your explanation in this regard will be appreciated

  8. Elizabeth June 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Good evening
    Please i have a question, am leaving in pHc and I want to apply online and pay online tooe, do I still need to go to Lagos for biometrics.
    Thank you sir

  9. Akinyemi Akinlusi August 2, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Gd day sir. Pls I want to apply for Canada visa can you please help me out? If so how do I get to your office? thanks.

  10. Lawani Sunshine August 3, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Tanks so much for this orientation, I love it, it has enlightened me. Pls I have a question. Have submitted my application through paper work and after d biometric my passport was taken and the person in charge said I will receive a notification message. Pls how long those it take to get reply after submission.

  11. Tosin December 17, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hi, I will like to know if you help with travel insurance in your package as well.

    • Ijeoma January 20, 2019 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Hello sir,
      I like your blog very it’s insightful, Can I use both hotel reservation and and invitation letters in my support document for Canada visa application

  12. Ijeoma January 20, 2019 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Hello sir,
    I like your blog very it’s insightful, Can I use both hotel reservation and and invitation letters in my support document for Canada visa application

  13. Yahaya yakubu March 2, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Sir i want to create an account for my online application but i never see where to sign up only where to sign in on the online application portal you directed me to thank you

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