There are numerous sorts of visas available for entry into Canada from any country in the globe, and each has its own qualifying standards and associated costs.
Before considering emigrating to Canada, you must identify the sort of visa you wish to obtain.
Here is a post for you to read if you’re curious about the various visas that can be used to enter Canada. The Work and Study Visas are typically the most common types of visas used by immigrants, but today I’ll introduce you to some unusual visas that can be used to enter Canada.
Some countries’ residents can visit Canada without a visa, but many other nations’ nationals must first make a visit before they can enter. You will undoubtedly require a visa to enter Canada if you are from Africa.
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Types of Canadian Visa
1. WORK VISA
To enter Canada, one must have one of several distinct types of visas, each of which has its own restrictions and fees. Let’s now split out these visas in the table below.
You can apply for a work visa and a work permit if you want to work in Canada. Your employer must first provide you with a job service in order for you to be eligible for this visa, after which you will finish the required paperwork in order to begin working.
Eligibility for Work Visa: To be eligible for a working permit in Canada, there are a few requirements that you must meet.
- You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer.
- The job offer must be in an occupation listed as skill level A, B, or O in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Requirements for Work Visa: In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
- A valid passport.
- Proof of your offer for employment from a Canadian employer in the form of a written job offer letter which includes details about how long you will be employed and how much you will be paid.
Canada Work Visa fee: CAD 155 (Taxes included)
Canada Work Visa Processing Time: The average processing time for a Canada work visa is 20 days, but it can take as long as three months if you’re from a country that requires biometrics or other special considerations.
2. Permanent Resident Visa
A permanent visa for Canada allows its holder to remain there indefinitely. Like the United States’ Green Card, it is an immigration visa. Once you have a permanent visa for Canada, you are free to relocate, live, work, and attend school in any province.
3. Business Visa
You’ll need a business visa if you want to conduct business in Canada. This type of visa is for people who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents but need to return to the country in order to conduct business, such as attending meetings, negotiating contracts, taking short courses and programs, or investing in a company.
Eligibility for a Business Visa: You must fulfill the following conditions in order to be eligible for a business visa:
- A Canadian company or organization must have invited you to conduct business in Canada; and
- You must show that you have enough money to cover your expenses while in Canada.
Requirements for a Business Visa: Along with meeting the eligibility requirements outlined above, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
- A valid passport.
- Proof of your invitation from a Canadian company or organization.
- Proof that you have enough money to cover your expenses while in Canada. Learn more about Canada’s business immigrant visa.
4. Tourist Visa
This visa is only available to travelers who intend to spend some time on vacation in Canada.
Eligibility for visitors visa in Canada: You can apply for this visa if you intend to visit Canada temporarily and meet the eligibility requirements.
Requirements for Canada Tourist Visa: The application process is pretty straightforward. In addition to providing personal documents such as your passport or travel document, you’ll need a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.
5. STUDY VISA
Most Africans who enter Canada use the popular study visa type, which states that you intend to enroll in their institution and must complete the necessary paperwork before returning to class.
Eligibility for Study Visa in Canada: To be eligible for a study visa in Canada, you must meet the following requirements:
- A Canadian school or university must have accepted you.
- You must prove that you have enough money to cover your expenses while in Canada.
Requirements for Study Visa: Along with meeting the eligibility requirements outlined above, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
- A valid passport.
- Proof of your acceptance from a Canadian school or university in the form of an official letter that details how long you will be enrolled and what classes are being offered during that period (if applicable).
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses while you’re in Canada. Learn more about proof of financial support for a Canadian student visa.
Study Visa fee: CAD 150 (Taxes included).