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Canada Visa – Velvet Visas

Canada Visa

Information about different types of Visas.

Canada Business Visa

You are a business visitor if you plan to visit Canada temporarily to:

  • Look for ways to grow your business.
  • Invest in a business in Canada.
  • Advance your business relationships with companies or businesses in Canada

Intending business visitors, need to apply for a category of Temporary Resident Visas named – IMM 5256 before they can travel to Canada from Nigeria.

What do you need to get a Canadian Business Visa?

If you need a business visitor visa, you must send certain documents with your application:
  • A letter of invitation from your potential business partner in Canada.
  • A 24-hour contact details (a telephone number) for that person.
  • Identification cards or proof that you have a job here in Nigeria.
As a business visitor, you must show that:
  • You plan to stay in Canada for less than six months.
  • You do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market i.e. you do not plan to get a salaried employment or other kind of paid job or even unpaid job in Canada.
  • Your main place of business, and source of income and profits, is outside Canada.
  • You have sufficient documents that support your application, such as bank statements, contract papers, supply and demand records for your goods or services e.t.c.
Canada’s basic entry requirements:
  • You must submit your application with a valid travel document, such as a passport.​
  • Passport Photograph meeting the requirement of the visa application requirement specification if you are not required to conduct biometric data capture.
  • If you are required to conduct biometric data capture, you will not include paper passport photograph on your application.
  • ​Information confirming the purpose of your business travel and sufficient evidence of purpose of your business travel.
  • ​Visa Application Fee Payment in an acceptable format.
  • ​​You must have enough money for your stay and for your return home to Nigeria.
  • ​​Your application must convincing show that you plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit.
  • ​​You must declare that you are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.
Typical cross-border business for which Canada welcomes business visa applications:
  • Visiting to buy Canadian goods or services for a foreign business or government.
  • Visiting to inspect the goods and place orders for goods or services from Canada.
  • Visiting to attend meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs.
  • ​Visiting to provide after-sales service (managing, not doing hands-on labour.
  • ​Visiting to receive training from a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada.
  • ​​Visiting to provide training to employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company that you own or work for.
  • ​​Visiting for training on how to use or maintain equipment or services that you have procured from a Canadian company.
Please note:

If you plan to stay longer than six months or plan to work in Canada, you may be considered a temporary worker and have to apply for a work permit.

Would you like to visit Canada on business?

Canada Visitors Visa

Nigerians visiting Canada for leisure or tourism need a temporary resident/visitor visa. This is an official document that will be stamped in your passport by the Canadian authorities to enable a foreigner have access to Canada.

This document also shows that you meet the requirements needed to travel to Canada.

What do you need to get a Canadian Vacation Visa?

You must meet some basic requirements to travel to Canada. You must:​​
  • Have a valid travel document, like a passport.
  • Be in good health.
  • Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions.
  • Convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country.
  • Convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit.
  • Have enough money for your stay.

    The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.​

  • You may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

For more information on Canada visitor visa click here

Would you like to visit Canada for vacation?

Canadian Family Visa (Immigration)

Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.

I want to sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a Permanent Resident

You must:​​
  • Support your relative financially when they arrive and be able to meet basic needs for yourself and your relative, such as food, shelter and clothing.
  • You must also make sure your relative doesn’t need social assistance.

If you want to travel to Canada through a family sponsorship visa click here to learn more about eligibility, required documents and the process.

Would you like to migrate your family to Canada?

Why Study in Canada?

A United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. This assessment was based upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life. Conducted every year, the survey evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators.

Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. Canada’s prime cities Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have been recognized as world class cities to live and work, for cleanliness, safety, cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.

Canada’s education system is excellent and ranks among the best in the world. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries

Earning While Studying in Canada

Full-time students registered in a degree or diploma-granting course are allowed to work on the campus of the institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorization. This includes on-campus employment for graduate, teaching or research assistants.

Spouses of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted employment authorizations, depending on medical requirements having been met. Students whose intended employment forms an integral part of their course of study such as undergraduate co-op programs, some programs offered by career colleges or language schools and some high school programs.

If you want to travel to Canada through a family sponsorship visa click here to learn more about eligibility, required documents and the process.

  • Admission
    Admission in Canada

    Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, here we’ll discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canadian universities.

    When you select a university or college where you wish to study your required course, write to the institution’s respective admission department asking for more information on admission requirements and admission application forms. After you enquire, the admission department will send you the documents required by the university and other requirements for admitting you into their university. These documents may be your academic, character, and financial evidences that show you are the deserving candidate for admission in the respective university. Every university has right to mark their own requirements to admit students into their institution.

    Though admission process and requirements vary from institution to institution in Canada, here we’ll discuss about the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canadian universities.

    When you select a university or college where you wish to study your required course, write to the institution’s respective admission department asking for more information on admission requirements and admission application forms. After you enquire, the admission department will send you the documents required by the university and other requirements for admitting you into their university. These documents may be your academic, character, and financial evidences that show you are the deserving candidate for admission in the respective university. Every university has right to mark their own requirements to admit students into their institution.

    The major languages used in Canada are English and French. Bust most of the universities offer courses in English language. So you need to show your efficiency by means of English Language tests. IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English language test in Canada, however, some universities even accepts TOEFL. The score that you must obtain in these language tests vary from institution to institution and course of study students choose. Some universities even seek for other medium of English language test assessment, which might even be Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment. All these assessments test the ability of students to take the course in English language.

    For admission in undergraduate level, student must have completed twelve years of academic education, but for postgraduate level it is sixteen years. If you’ve done three years of bachelor’s course then you’ll have to do diploma for one year in Canada to be eligible to study in Canada as postgraduate student.

    For management students, students may be asked for two years of work experience before being admitted to the university. In most of the cases GMAT is compulsory for MBA students. Though education isn’t free in Canada, tuition fees are cheaper in compare to other similar nations like UK, USA, and Australia.

    Admission Tests on English Requirement for SPP

    For any course in diploma that belongs to SPP, a student must score at least 6.0 bands(not less than 5.5 bands in each module) out of 9.0 bands in IELTS and for any course in PG that belongs to SPP, a student must score at least 6.5 bands out of 9.0 bands in IELTS.

  • Visa Process
    Student Visa Process

    The student visa in Canada is most commonly known as Study permit. Either a student needs to obtain or don’t need to obtain Canadian study permit depends upon the country of residence of the student. Students from most of the countries need to obtain Canadian student visa to study in Canada, but students from some countries don’t have to obtain any Student visa to study in Canada.

    Documents Required for Study Permits in Canada
    • Completed Application for Study permits.
    • A valid passport.
    • Two photos of the students and each of the family members. The photograph must not be more than six month old. Back of the photo, the name and date of birth of the person appearing in the photo should be written.
    • Proof that shows the educational institution has accepted the student for admission in their institution.
    • Evidence of sufficient funds to overcome all the living expenses and study costs in Canada.
    • Bank transaction statement of last four months.
    • Proof of payment of fee in acceptable format. This format varies according to country and region. However, the most general method is presenting it through Bank Draft.
    • Evidence that show students have no criminal records.
    • Students from some nations may even need to present medical reports.
    • Any other documents that may help for obtaining a Student visa for Canada.
  • Financial Aids
    Financial Aids Available
    Types of Assistance

    Merit based assistance is awarded in many forms, from tuition waivers, various types of assistantships, to fellowships. The most common are listed here:

    • Tuition Waiver:

      This means that the student does not have to pay the tuition fees at the university. However, general fees (for the use of university facilities like the library, computers, and sports and health services) usually have to be borne by the student. A tuition waiver is frequently awarded in conjunction with a scholarship or teaching/research assistantship.

    • Assistantship:

      Most students who receive assistance do so in the form of an assistantship, i.e. is usually a cash stipend, sufficient for their living expenses, and/or tuition waiver, in return for which they have to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week which normally consists of teaching or other activities. Teaching assistantships are more likely to be in universities, which have large undergraduate classes whereas research assistantships tend to be more common in those fields and universities in which considerable research is going on. Information brochures of most universities give this information.

    Who Should Apply?

    Students will have a greater chance of getting financial aid if they:

    • Show evidence of a high level of academic achievement.
    • Achieve high Standardized Examination scores (GMAT, TOEFL etc.).
    • Specialize in a field or have a research interest which parallels that of the department and faculty or private funding source (which increases opportunities for research assistantships and grants).
    • Have outstanding letter of recommendation and an impressive statement of purpose.
    • Very few international students get any kind of assistantships and most people get it after reaching there. So you have to arrange for funds for the first few semesters, at least till the time you can arrange something there.
  • University List
    Universities in Canada
    Alberta
    • Athabasca University
    • Augustana University College
    • Concordia University College of Alberta
    • University of Alberta
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Lethbridge
    British Columbia
    • British Columbia Open University
    • Okanagan University College
    • Royal Roads University
    • Simon Fraser University
    • The University of British Columbia
    • Trinity Western University
    • University College of the Cariboo
    • University College of the Fraser Valley
    • University of Northern British Columbia
    • University of Victoria
    • Vancouver Island University
    • Brandon University
    • de SaintBonifaceuniversitaireCollège
    • The University of Manitoba
    • The University of Winnipeg
    New Brunswick
    • St. Thomas University
    • Mount Allison University
    • Université de Moncton
    • University of New Brunswick
    Newfoundland
    • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Nova Scotia
    • Acadia University
    • Dalhousie University
    • Mount Saint Vincent University
    • Nova Scotia Agricultural College
    • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
    • St. Francis Xavier University
    • Saint Mary’s University
    • University College of Cape Breton
    • University of King’s College
    • UniversitéSainteAnne
    Ontario
    • Brescia College
    • Brock University
    • Carleton University
    • Collègedominicain de philosophie et de théologie
    • Huron CollegeUniversity of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa
    • University of Trinity College
    • University of Sudbury / Université de Sudbury
    • University of St. Michael’s College
    • University of Western Ontario
    • University of Windsor
    • Victoria University
    • Wilfrid Laurier University
    • York University
    • King’s College
    • Lakehead University
    • Laurentian University of Sudbury
    • McMaster University
    • Nipissing University
    • Queen’s University at Kingston
    • Redeemer College
    • Royal du CanadamilitaireRoyal Military College of Canada/ Collège
    • Ryerson Polytechnic University
    • St. Jerome’s University
    • Saint Paul University / Université Saint Paul
    • Trent University
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Guelph
    Prince Edward Island
    • University of Prince Edward Island
    Quebec
    • Université de Sherbrooke
    • Bishop’s University
    • Concordia University
    • École des Hautes Études Commerciales
    • École Polytechnique de Montréal
    • École nationale d’administration publique
    • École de technologie supérieure
    • Institut national de la recherche scientifique
    • McGill University
    • Téléuniversité
    • Université Laval
    • Université de Montréal
    • Université du Québec à Hull
    • Université du Québec
    • Université du Québec en AbitibiTémiscamingue
    • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
    • Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Université du Québec à Rimouski
    • Université du Québec à TroisRivières
    Campion College
    • Luther College
    • Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
    • St. Thomas More College
    • The University of Regina
    • University of Saskatchewan
    Best Canadian Universities
    • McGill University
    • University of Toronto
    • Queen’s University
    • University of Montreal
    • McMaster University
    • University of Waterloo
    • University of Western Ontario
    • Simon Fraser University
    • University of Calgary
    • University of Victoria
    • Dalhousie University
    • Ottawa University
    • York University
    • Laval University
    • University of Manitoba
    • University of Quebec
    • Carleton University
    • Concordia University
  • Living Cost
    Living Cost
    Taxes

    Some provinces apply a provincial tax levy to goods and services. All provinces must apply the federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) of seven per cent to most purchases. As a visitor, a portion of the GST may be refunded to you upon your departure from Canada. There are restrictions that apply and you must provide original receipts. Contact Revenue Canada or your school for further information. GST refund forms can be obtained at the information counters at airports and at most shopping malls.

    Note: On an average, an Indian student will need approximately Rs 5 lakhs per year for studying in Canada, depending upon your tuition fees and location.

    Hostelling is a temporary and inexpensive way to stay in major cities. Accommodation is basic but economical, and primary facilities (toilets, baths and kitchens) are shared. Rates are calculated daily, and costs are less than other accommodation choices.

    Average cost of a room in a hostel: $10 – $20 CDN per night.

    The YWCA/YMCA hotels are also inexpensive, clean, safe and comfortable. Many of these establishments also have pools and fitness centers. Keep in mind, though, that hostels and YWCA/YMCAs fill up quickly during the summer months, so you should plan ahead.

    Average cost of a room in a YWCA/YMCA: $24 – $45 CDN per night.
    Accommodation
    Dormitory

    Many schools have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and in quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room, and dormitories are usually separated by gender. In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans that can be included in the cost of the room. Most dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way to become involved in campus activities and meet other students.

    Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 – $7,500 CDN per school year. For more information, contact the school you will be attending.
    Home stays

    Many Canadian families welcome international students. This may be an effective way for you learn about daily life in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Home stays also offer a more stable and secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a home stay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada. Meals and a private, furnished room are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community activities.

    Average cost of home stay accommodation: $400 – $800 CDN per month.
    Off-Campus Housing

    Renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major cities, and places are not always available. Many students share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. At this service centre, those seeking shared accommodations can also find roommates. Once on campus, you will often find a variety of postings throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before coming to Canada.

    There are different types of places you can rent as an international student. A house is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home. Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent.

    Listings of available apartments or homes are published in local newspapers. It is the responsibility of the student to determine suitability as schools do not inspect these places nor can they make any other arrangements. Most landlords require a damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in cash or by cheque.

  • Country Facts
    Country Facts
    • Capital: Ottawa
    • Largest City: Toronto
    • Population: 34,445000
    • Area: 3,854,085 sq mi
    • GDP :$1.330 trillion
    • Per capita: $39,057
    • Language: English and French
    • Religion: 77% Christian, 23% Mix
    • Continent: North America
    • Currency: Canadian dollar ($) CAD)
    • Calling code: +1
    • Internet TLD: .ca
    • Drives on: Left

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