Formal Requirements

Visitors and expatriates who have arrived in Canada must be able to show a valid travel document i.e. passport or electronic travel authorisation. If you are from the United Kingdom, United States or any other European country, you may not need a visa if you are visiting for a short time only but will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation before travelling. If you plan on staying for a longer time, you will need a visa and may need to contact the Canadian High Commission office.

Some of the basic requirements you must meet to visit Canada are:

  • Have a valid passport
  • Have no criminal or immigration related convictions
  • May need to prove you will be returning back to your home country with proof of financial assets, a job or home
  • how proof that you have enough funds to support yourself whilst in the country.
  • May need a medical exam
  • Letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada

Expats will discover that there are different visa applications but Canada’s citizenship and immigration online department will be able to provide information that is easy to understand and will assist individuals on their visa applications.