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 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.

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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. momoh

    Hello kindly write to this email ( on how to get started


  2. Oludayo

    please can one account be used to make different applications for different persons?

  3. Bimbo

    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.

  4. dada michael temitope

    hi,my name is Dada michael temitope,I am a building engineering I wish to work in Canada and I need a free visa

  5. Oguntayo olumide

    I what to apply for permanent resident with my family how can I do it.thanks

    1. Omosuyi Adefehinti

      I want to apply for permanent resident with my family in Canada, pls how will I go about it.

    2. Omosuyi Adefehinti

      My name is Omosuyi,
      Pls i want to apply for permanent resident with my family in Canada, pls how will I go about it.

  6. Omolade

    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

  7. Omolade

    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

  8. Carolyn Ferguson

    I want to bring my Nigerian boyfriend over to Canada from Nigeria..can you please explain the process to me and how can i get this procedure started….

    1. Teewwhy

      I think you guys should get married first …then u can file for him as your spouse

    2. momoh

      Hello kindly write to this email ( on how to get started


  9. Emmanuel

    Hello good morning
    I want to apply for working visa canada how can I apply it and how much it will cost me please

  10. Onyebuchi peace n

    I want to travel to Canada for a course and work, how much will it take me to do everything, thank u for da co operation

  11. Chudi

    Hi, I have a family of 6, and wants to travel with them to canada, which visa will be best for me and how do i go about it

  12. Ifeoma

    I want to apply for a permanent residency,please how do I go about it.

  13. kola

    How can you one get a Canada work visa

  14. kola

    How can you help to get Canada work visa

    1. Harrison

      I want to go to Canada, and I did a working visa

  15. kola

    I want to apply work visa in Canada how can you be of help

  16. kola

    I want to go Canada for work how can you be of help

    1. Atado Ikechukwu francis

      I want to go to Canada for work. What are the requirements and procedures?

  17. kola

    I want to go Canada for work how can you be of help

  18. Achi Titus idu

    i will love to apply for Canada working visa, how do i go back it?


      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


    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



  21. Omoniyi Idowu

    I love Canada and I like to work in Canada

  22. Alfred Allen

    Just want to know how much will it cost from nigeria to canada i love canada and i wish to be there soon i pray for God to bless me with money

  23. Emmanuel Enensi

    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.

  24. abass

    I want to repply for students visa for Canada

  25. Obaila. Doubra.Christopher

    Can your office find work for me in canada, and can I know the cost of canada visa.

    1. Obaila. Doubra.Christopher

      Please can your office process work for me in canada before going.

  26. Ikenna Johnpaul

    Hello i want to apply for student and working visa please how did i go about it.

  27. Shamsu Haruna Yakub

    Pls way temporary visa take long time but you tell take 14 day process

  28. Elizabeth

    Please I want to apply for Canada visa I want to reallocate there with me and my 3 children how do I get started with the processing please?

    1. Maryann

      Pleases i want to apply for Canada visa want to reallocate there with me and my three children, how do I get started with the processing please

    2. johnson


  29. bright

    please how can i apply for a working visa for canada

  30. bright

    please i want to apply for working visa
    how can i do that

  31. Stella

    Hello I want to apply for Canada visa for work permit, how can I go about it?

  32. nwaokomah chibuzor anselem

    I want to know all the requirement when applying for student visa because i’m interested

  33. Wealth


    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

  34. Wealth


    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

  35. Wealth


    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

  36. Owolabi Samuel

    I’m a Lawyer, I want to do my masters in canada and also work,any hint?

  37. francis

    please i want to know how to apply for work permit and the likly cost
    to process canada work permit for my self and my wife who is a a nurse

  38. Adegunwa

    Application on how to get canada visa and requirements

  39. oyenmwosa

    Pls I need. Help on how to apply for Canadian visitor visa

  40. Rosemary

    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

  41. Balogun Funmilayo

    please contact me on my what’s app number 08024472505 I need application for Canada work permit as soon as possible

  42. Balogun Funmilayo

    please i need your assistance on how to apply for Canada visa. please contact me as soon as possible

  43. Igwebuike christian chigozie

    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.

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. Agboola Oloruntoba

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

  48. 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.

  50. Idris Abdulkarim

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

  51. Haruna

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

  52. Haruna

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

    1. Faith


  53. 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

  54. 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

      1. Aminu Abdulkadir

        I need job in Canada

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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?

  58. Anya Agwu Igwe

    So a non proffessional cannot visit Canada?



  60. ahanonu godfrey

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

  61. 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.

  62. moma charity

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


  63. austin

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

  64. austin

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

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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?

  68. 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

  69. Anthony

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

  70. Adedoyin Anafiu

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

  71. 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.

  72. Goff

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

  73. 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.

  74. Oluwaseyi Adeleke

    need a canadian visa

  75. 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

    1. Omoniyi Oluwafemi

      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

  76. Oladimeji Samuel

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

  77. obasi


    1. Afamudi

      How long does it take to get the student visa?

      1. Igwebuike christian chigozie

        Hellow I want to apply a canada working visa to my jenior brother who is a proffssional driver, now i want to know all the requirements needed to get the visa, update me through my mail address.

        1. ojini christopher chukwuma

          How can I travel to Canada with my family of 4.

          1. Dere

            Through permanent residency application. It’s the easiest now.

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