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.

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 as  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.

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.

110 thoughts on “Canadian (Canada) Visa Application in Nigeria: How to Apply”

  1. Dear sir/ma
    Please, I want to know how long will it take a Nigerian applying for Canada student visa to be approved .. After the submission date !
    I will be waiting for your humble reply sir/ma. …. Thanks.

  2. Please I want to apply for Canada visa, am married, am a graduate but I only have my statement of result in guidance and counseling, I also have my nce result in biology/chemistry but I work in the bank as a contract staff. Please which type of Canadian visa can I apply for. But I want to go alone first. I can come back for my family later.

  3. I’m a graduate from building technology .A painter,photographer and graphics designer. pls I want to stay and work in Canada,kindly send the process to my mail. Thanks

  4. My name is omolade,I’m a photographer and also into graphics design. Pls I want to stay and work in Canada,how much is the cost. And pls direct me how to go about it. Thanks

    • Please Sir/Ma, Eluwole Temitope J. By My Name , it’s Possible For Me To Get Electrical Job In Canada Because I’m Electrician ? Then I Want To Know What It Will Cost Me To Live And Work In Canada ? Thanks

    • Please Sir/Ma,it’s Possible For Me To Get Electrical Job In Canada Because I’m Electrician ?Then I Want To Know What It Will Cost Me To Live And Work In Canada ? Thanks

  5. Hello,Ezekiel by name. How much will it cust to get Canada visa? I want to apply for Masters program.. I mean both visa & tuition fees/ staying through out d masters program.. Thanks

  6. Hi my name is Emmanuel and a deaf person from Akwa Ibom state. I am 24years old and I am a high school student I have completed my high school on last two year. It\\’s my pleasure to join my university education on abroad universities. I am requesting for your financial support due to lack of enough money in our family and I wish to study business, IT or economics, psychology and any of your vacants. I hope my request will be considered thank you. I would love to further my study I need funds I am interested in the scholarship. please if I’m blessed let me get this scholarship I really want it
    help me to achieve on my dreams
    thank you.

  7. Hello,

    Good day, I really appreciate and commend your excellent write up. I want to study pyschology in canada, I want to kindly know how to begin the visa application process, necessary information required, financial implications attached etc.

    I would appreciate if you forward these info to my mail address.

    Thanks alot

  8. Hello,

    I must commend your excellent write up. I want to study psychology in Canada, can i get more insight on how to start up the process, the financial implications and any other commitments involved?

    Thanks a lot for the great work

    Kind regards

  9. Hello,

    I must commend your excellent write up. I want to study psychology in Canada, can i get more insight on how to start up the process, the financial implications and any other commitment involved?

    Thanks alot for the great work

    Kind regards

  10. Please am a newbie, I will like to live and work in Canada, please how do I go about it. Where do I start from and how much will all the processes cost me. Thanks

  11. Please i want to apply canada visa to my jenior brother in Lagos, now i want to know all the requirements needed to get the canada visa, update me in my mail address so that i will know what to do next.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    • 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

    • Pls how can I process permanent resident to Canada nd how much is the visa fee. And also is it possible to migrate from visiting to permanent resident visa? Pls I need your urgent response. Tnk u

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