What happens after you apply for a visitor visa

How we process your application

After you send us your application, we will review it to make sure it’s complete and has all the documents needed.

If it’s incomplete, we won’t process it and will return it to you.

If your application is complete, we may ask you to:

We will tell you what to do if you need to complete any of these steps.

We process most visitor visa applications in a few weeks or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and if you need to complete any additional steps.

We will return your passport and other original documents to you after we process your application. We will not return original bank statements or any documents we find to be fake.

If your application is approved, the visa will be stamped inside your passport.

If your application is refused, we will send you an explanation. For more information on visa refusals, see our Help Centre.

Change your contact information

You must contact the Canadian visa office that serves the country or region where you live if you change your:

Entering Canada

A valid visitor visa and travel document does not guarantee that you can enter Canada. A border services officer may find that you are no longer admissible because:


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