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How to Apply For Canada Visa In Nigeria

How to Apply For Canada Visa In Nigeria

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How to Apply For Canada Visa In Nigeria

You will require a Canada visa to enter the country, whether you are visiting for the first time or returning to rediscover Montréal’s cultural energy or see family in Toronto for your yearly Christmas gathering. Your aspirations to travel to this nation where nothing is impossible, and no dream is too large just become a little less difficult with the help of our step-by-step guide to the Tourist Visa application process.

How to Apply For Canada Visa In Nigeria

How to Apply For Canada Visa In Nigeria

Types of Visas

There are several types of visas for Canada:



They permit multiple or single entries with a visiting visa (temporary resident visa). You can stay in Canada for up to 10 years with a multiple-entry visa, which is good for stays of up to six months each.

You can enter Canada only once with a single-entry visa, which is good for up to six months after the day you arrive. Your passport must be valid for at least six months past the date you want to return to Nigeria if you only need a single entry visa.

Depending on the type of application filed, the number of applications received, and whether the application is complete, the processing period for visas can take up to 30 days.

You can pick up your passport and visa from the visa application center where you submitted your application or have them sent by courier.


How to Apply Online for a Canada Visa

The steps below must be followed whether you are applying online through the IRCC online application system or in person at a visa application center:

  • Visitor Visa (IMM 5257), Family Information (IMM 5645), and Document Checklist forms are available for download.
  • Fill out the application forms and gather all of the relevant supporting documentation (as listed below).
  • If necessary, complete the VFS consent form. If you work with a third-party supplier, such as VFS Global, you must submit a consent form with your application or it will be returned to you.
  • The visa fee.
  • Send your application to the nearest visa application center. Bring every document on the document checklist, as well as a valid form of payment (cash is recommended).
  • You may track the status of your application online by utilizing the receipt that came with your service fee payment and a unique tracking number.

Canada Visa Fees

The visa fees for a Visitor Visa may vary depending on if you pay online or in person at a visa application center. They should be paid in Naira and are subject to change whenever the embassy deems it fit. But generally, there are two types of fees: an application processing fee and a biometric fee.

Estimated fees when paying online and applying in person:

  • Processing fee – about ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)

Estimated fees when applying through the VFS Global Visa Application Centre:

  • Processing fee – about ₦28,000 (about 68 US Dollars)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about 58 US Dollars)
  • Service charge – about ₦17,000 (about 41 US Dollars)

Canada Visa Requirements

  • Completed Visitor Visa (IMM 5257) and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
  • Your original and copy of your Nigerian passport. The passport will need to be valid for at least six months beyond your date of return and have at least two blank pages.
  • Two color photographs that meet the visa photo requirements.
  • Proof of application processing fee and, if applicable, biometric fee.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the trip (i.e. three months’ bank statements, payslips, proof of investments, etc.).
  • If you are not paying for the trip, you will need a letter from the person or institution sponsoring your trip and additional documents (i.e. a copy of their passport and a bank statement proving they have sufficient funds).
  • Proof of ties to Nigeria (i.e. employment letter, proof of businesses or assets, etc.).
  • Copy of provisional flight booking and travel itinerary (i.e. accommodation reservations).
  • You may need to provide a medical history or proof of good health.
  • Previous passports showing travel history.
  • Additional documents to support your application (i.e. marriage certificates, invitation letters, etc.).
  • A self-addressed return courier envelope.
  • Minors (under 18) traveling alone will need a letter of authorization signed by both parents or legal guardians. For minors traveling with one parent, a letter of authorization from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian is required.
  • If you are visiting family or traveling for business, business, you will need an invitation letter detailing the visit, length of stay, details of the host person or business, etc.

Where Can I Apply?

When applying for a visitor visa to Canada, you have two options: online or at a VFS Global Visa Application Centre. The visa application process might be time-consuming, therefore if possible, use a visa application center.

Canadian Embassy in Nigeria
4 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

(234) 1 271 5650

Monday to Thursday 7:30 AM–4 PM
Friday 7:30 AM–1 PM

Canadian Visa Application Centre in Abuja
Silverbird Entertainment Center, Plot 1161, Memorial Drive, Central Business District, Abuja

(234) 815 019 9900

Monday to Friday– 3 PM

Canadian Visa Application Centre in Lagos
Manor Hall, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos

(234) 815 019 9900

Monday to Friday 8 AM – 3 PM


To apply online, you need need a scanner to make digital copies of your documents, as well as a credit card to pay the processing and biometric fees.Online applications are accepted via the IRCC website.

Delivery service

When your passport and visa (if applicable) are available for collection, you can pick them up at the Visa Application Centre or have them couriered to your preferred address. When you submit your application, you will be charged for the courier service.

You will need the following documents to pick up your passport in person:

  • VFS Global provided you with an application checklist when you submitted your application.
  • Your original identity card or another formal identification document.
  • A copy of your photographic ID.


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