Canadian (Canada) Visa Application in Nigeria: How to Apply

If you want to know how to apply for a Canadian (Canada) visa in Nigeria, you’re just on the right page. Read on to understand the procedures involved.

First, bear in mind that applying for a Canadian visa in Nigeria is a fairly long process. But it’s quite easy, and it’s something you can handle yourself. Just follow the steps below:

1. Check your eligibility

Before you can be allowed to visit Canada, you must meet these conditions:

  • You must have a valid international passport
  • You must be of sound health
  • You must be able to convince the Canadian immigration officer that you have a job, business, assets, or family that will compel you to come back to Nigeria after your short stay in Canada
  • You must have enough money to cover your stay in Canada
  • You must have all the requirements that must be submitted at the Visa application center. (Click here to see the requirements.)

You will not be allowed to visit Canada if you pose a security risk, have committed human right violations, have been once convicted of a crime, have a serious health problems, have a serious financial problems or have an ineligible family member accompanying you to Canada. In addition, your visa application will be declined if you lied in your application or interview.

2. Complete the visa application form

Note that before completing your visa application form, you will need to decide whether you’re applying for a temporary resident visa, student visa, or work permit.

There are two ways to complete your application form:

You can fill the form online (Click this page to get started) provided you have a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your document for uploading and a valid credit card for payment.

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Alternatively, you can fill the form offline. This option is recommended for Nigerians. Here are the steps involved:

  • Download the Temporary Resident Visa application forms and Instruction Guide on this page.
  • The instruction guide contains all the information that will help you complete your application form correctly and successfully. The completed application must include the barcode page.

3. Complete VFS consent form

Download the VFS consent form (Click here to download). Fill the form and attach it with your application form. If you don’t have this form — duly completed and signed — attached to your application, it will be returned to you.

4. Pay the visa application fees

Visit the Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC) to pay the required visa processing fees and the biometric fees (Click here for details). The center is located at No 16, Billings way, Oregun Industrial area, Ikeja, Lagos. Please note that you may be charged an additional $39.82 (N6,200) service charge at the CVAC.

You’re to pay in person by cash only at Bank Counter in the CVAC, along with submission of application.

5. Submit your application package

At the Canada Visa Application Center, submit your application form and other required documents as well asĀ  proof of payment of your visa processing and biometric fees. Note that you will be required to give your biometrics at the visa application center. Note that visa applications are accepted from 8am to 3pm on Mondays to Fridays.

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Once you pay your fees, you will be issued receipts. One of these receipts will contain a unique tracking number that you will use to track the status of your application online.

6. Track your application

Using the unique tracking number in your receipt, track the status of your application by entering the number on this page.

7. Wait for processing

A temporary resident visa to Canada takes 14 days to process.

8. Submit your passport

Once you receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, you can submit the passport and that request letter either in person at the CVAC or by courier to the CVAC address (see above). Note that you will be required to pay passport transmission service charge of $31.86 (N4,950) at any GTBank counter to these details:

  • Account number: 0109515451

Note that you will enclose the payment for passport transmission along with the passport. Once the proof is received, your passport will be forwarded to The Deputy High Commission of Canada, Lagos.

Also enclose a self-addressed courier return envelope along with your passport if you want your passport to be mailed back to you once it’s ready.

9. Retrieve your passport

Once your passport is ready for retrieval you will be notified. You can either pick up the passport in person or send a self-addressed courier return envelope with your passport and request letter.

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  1. Chijioke

    How do i renew an expired canadian 2yrs temporary resident visa? Is it done the same way US visas are renewed or is the process done same all over again

  2. Akintola

    Pls I have a very pressing and disturbing case my wife applied for canadian study permit and was only able to pay for study permit alone, she couldn’t pay for biometrics and work permit…. pls Wark can we do plsssssss we need advise very urgently… thanks

  3. omotayo

    Pls I got an admission into a Canadian university and I want to go with my family… wife and a 3yrs old baby. When applying how do i go about it and am told that my can work while I school there….will i apply for her work permit at the same time..and am I paying the application fee for two or mine will cover for all of us?..Pls I need answers urgently..Pls help out

  4. Agboola Oloruntoba

    What’s the first step I want to process canada visa me and my wife

  5. Tobi

    pls i have got employment letter/offer letter to canada, what is other requiriment to get visa ? pls anybody to tell me

    1. If I have school admission letter from canadan what could be my next step ?


    Do i need to submit my international passport with my Temporary visa application, if yes how long will the International Passport stay with the Canadian Embassy or will i be notify of when to come and submit my International passport.

    Thank you.

  7. Idris Abdulkarim

    please how long will the study and work visa take and how much?

  8. Haruna

    Who can guess? d total amount it will cost someone to get to canada from nigeria here from A to Z

  9. Haruna

    Pls,help me out,canada visa from A to Z,and d amount it will cost me for work permit.tanks.

    1. Faith


  10. Olayinka

    Pls i need a canada visa to work

    1. Olayinka

      Help me house on how can i get a canada visa thanks.

    2. Haruna

      Transfer to me all the details of canada processing u got along with the amont spend if possible.thanks

  11. Aiyeumi Olubunmi

    Is Possible for me to stop my application processing after i have submitted my application?

    1. Faith

      Yes, I think is possible.

      Why do you wanna stop it?

      Please share your experience

  12. Anselm

    I am a medical doctor wants to do my postgraduate course in pediatrics in Canada and come back to practice
    Will need the detailed information in my email
    Thank you

  13. Faith

    And before I forget, thank you so much for this useful information. Faith.

    1. Peter Ola.

      I submitted my application online July 7th, did my biometrics on 10th JuLY and i got an e mail that they have received my application on the 11th of July but as at today while tracking it all i get is that it is under processing. Any idea the reason for the long delay? I will be glad to get a useful information from you. Thank you.

  14. Faith

    I submitted on the 22nd of February 2016, work permit.
    How long can the process take? Any advice as I still what for them to request my passport?

  15. Anya Agwu Igwe

    So a non proffessional cannot visit Canada?



  17. ahanonu godfrey

    Am into photographic work and graphic design and also a graduate of computer science. How can i get visa to canada.

  18. Abimbola

    Good day,
    Kindly expantiate with information about when to submit our passport when applying for a temporary visa,because its somehow confusing. you said in earlier writeup that we will submit our passport with d application package and later you said we will receive mail from the government to send our passport.

  19. moma charity

    Hello, Plz I will like to know if is possible for a visa that is ready to be stopped by the sponsor.


  20. austin

    Please put me through on how i can get visa to live and work in Canada with my family.

  21. austin

    I want to live and work in Canada with my family, please how do i get the visa? And all the requirements.

  22. Ade George

    hello, please I am a graduate of theatre and communication arts. and I also have a skill in electrical work with over seven years of experience, I want to go to Canada as a skill worker or better still relocate/migrate. I need a guide and advice on how to go about it.

  23. bolanle

    Really appreciate this!but is it true that one must do a worldwide health insurance before travelling for visit.I intend visiting Canada with my family. But this option seems unclear.Thanks.

  24. emmanuel

    plz if I want to go to canada for work hw long does it takes fullfied their requirements n hw much does it cost

    1. Faith

      Have you applied?

  25. Wale

    Hello Everybody,
    Can someone please shed some light on how long it takes to acquire a student visa to canada from nigeria, i heard it takes 41 weeks before the visa can be processed. How true is that someone please

  26. Anthony

    I need a visa of employment in Canada please I need your help,to get it for me. Please help me

  27. Adedoyin Anafiu

    I am.afashion designer,i want to way to apply m d kind of canadian visa to apply for..Thanks

  28. alfred Gbenga

    Thanks for your reply. Please, I want to know the best way to apply for canada student visa. Should i choose married or Single.

  29. Goff

    Hello. Can someone tell me please how long it takes to process Canada temporary residents visa

  30. alfred Gbenga

    Hi, Please i want to know whether canada embassy will know if someone has applied to another embassy before you to them. And, I want to apply for canada study permit and is canadian embassy require interview for student visa? Thanks

    1. Hello Alfred Gbenga,
      No they will not know.
      Any visa application would require an interview.

  31. Oluwaseyi Adeleke

    need a canadian visa

  32. victor ebegbodin nuonum

    am into gypsum p.o.p ceiling , I need a visa to go and work there, I we be glad if you show me the direction thank’s

  33. Oladimeji Samuel

    pls send the process to my gmail i will like to applied

  34. obasi


    1. Afamudi

      How long does it take to get the student visa?

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