All You Need To Know About Canada Visa Processing – Read Up


Before applying for a Canada visa you should ask yourself If Canada is your dream country to go either for study, tour or live and work then I must say you’ve made a right decision in choosing Canada,because Canada is a very nice place to get all you dream come true. Now lets get to know about Canada visa processing as that is our major discussing for this article.

The normal processing duration for a visitor visa for Canada is at most of fifteen days. A student visa takes 3 days for processing, while a work visa takes a maximum of 4 days. The processing time may vary according to the location of the application centre and individual cases. Here we will discuss in detail the Canada visa requirements, how to apply for Canada visa, Canada visa information and Canada visa process.

Canadian Visa Fees

The visa fees for a Visitor Visa may vary depending on if you pay online or in person at a visa application centre. all payment  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 $77)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about $66)

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

  • Processing fee – about ₦28,000 (about $77)
  • Biometrics (per person) – about ₦24,000 (about $66)
  • Service charge – about ₦17,000 (about $47)

Canadian Visa Requirements

  • Completed Visitor Visa (IMM 5257) and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
  • An 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 colour 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) travelling alone will need a letter of authorisation signed by both parents or legal guardians. For minors travelling with one parent, a letter of authorisation from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian is required.
  • If you are visiting family or travelling for business you will need an invitation letter detailing the nature of the visit, length of stay, details of the host person or business etc.

NOTE: Paper photographs are not required if you need to supply biometrics.

Detailed document checklist for Visitor Visa.

Documents may vary if you are applying through VFS Global.

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Where to apply

There are two options when applying for a Canadian visitor visa: online or through a VFS Global Visa Application Centre. The visa process can take some time, so using a visa application centre is recommended if you have the option.


To apply online you will need to have access to a scanner to create digital copies of your documents and a credit card to pay the processing and biometric fees.

Online applications can be done through the IRCC website.

Canadian Embassy in Nigeria

Address: 4 Anifowoshe Street,Victoria Island, Lagos
Telephone: (234) 1 271 5650
Hours: Monday to Thursday 7:30 AM – 4 PMFriday 7:30 AM – 1 PM

Canadian Visa Application Centre in Abuja

Address: Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Plot 1161, Memorial Drive,Central Business District, Abuja
Telephone: (234) 815 019 9900
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM – 3 PM

 Canadian Visa Application Centre in Lagos

Address: Manor Hall, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos
Telephone: (234) 815 019 9900
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM – 3 PM

Getting there and parking options
Parking is available at the Canadian Visa Application Centre in Abuja and Lagos. Parking at the VFS Global office in Lagos is limited. Buses and taxis are available to get you to the visa application centre.

Courier service

Once your passport and visa (if applicable) are ready for collection you have the option of collecting it from the Visa Application Centre or having it couriered to your chosen address. The courier service will be paid for when you submit your application.

This return courier service costs about ₦8,060 (about $23).

When collecting your passport in person, you will need the following documents:

  • The application checklist provided to you by VFS Global when you submitted your application.
  • Your original identity card or other official proof of identification.
  • A copy of your photographic ID.

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How to apply for a Canadian visa online?

Whether you are applying online through the IRCC online application system or in-person through a visa application centre you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Download the Document ChecklistVisitor Visa (IMM 5257), and Family Information (IMM 5645) forms.
  2. Fill out the application forms and gather all your supporting documents (as listed above).
  3. If applicable, complete the VFS consent form. When using a third-party provider such as VFS Global you will need to submit a consent form along with your application or your application will be returned to you.
  4. Pay the visa fees.
  5. Submit your application to your local Visa Application Centre. Be sure to bring along all the documents stated in the document checklist and an accepted form of payment (cash is recommended).
  6. Pay the service charge and obtain a receipt with a unique tracking number which you can use to track the progress of your application online.

Note: If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents, you will need to complete a waiver form and attach it to your application, or you risk being denied your visa.

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Printing and photographs

Photocopy and photography services are available at the VFS Global application centres for an additional fee:

  • Photocopy Services (per page) — about ₦40 (about $0.10)
  • Photography Services (per applicant) — about ₦2,340 (about $6.50)

You can also get all the required documents and photographs for your Canadian Visitor Visa printed at the following places:


Kodak Express

Address: Palms Shopping Mall, 1 Bisway Street,Maroko, Lagos
Telephone: (234) 803 473 3069

Exact Office Nigeria

Address: 1 Balogun Street, Off Awolowo Avenue,Ikeja, Lagos
Telephone: (234) 815 814 7738


 Fotogold Studio Limited

Address: Plot 10, Lagos Crescent,Garki, Abuja
Telephone: (234) 803 705 3201

Photo Works Lab

Address: Suite C86, Murg Shopping Mall, Akwa Street,Area 10, Garki, Abuja
Telephone: (234) 809 812 9319

Clin Cyber Cafe & Business Center

Address: Suite CDS2, Ground Floor, 354 Mike Akhigbe Way,Jabi, Abuja
Telephone: (234) 703 196 2009

Cyber Café

Address: 78 Abidjan Street & Off Herbert Marcaulay Way,Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja
Telephone: (234) 803 597 5901


Now, after reading the whole of this article you shouldn’t be having any having any problem base on visa processing in Nigeria and if you’ve gotten any question kindly drop it at the comment section.Also you can visit of Job category for available jobs and other categories for other interesting articles that might be of use to you.

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