Canada – What is the full process to obtain a Canadian visa from 2019?

Although Canadian visa applications look deceptively simple, they are actually very cumbersome, since three trips to the nearest visa center are required.

The first step is the online application. For this you need:

  • Copy of the passport
  • Residence permit for stay outside the home country
  • Copy of bank statement
  • Copy of the employment contract or equivalent
  • Itinerary: a description of the planned activities in Canada. The purchase of tickets or the reservation of hotels is not required. It suffices to add screenshots of booking websites
  • Copy of the invitation (when visiting a friend or family member)
  • A set of completed bureaucratic forms that you can download from the application website

The second step is to drive to the nearest visa application center to submit your fingerprints. If you live in Prague like my friend, you have to travel to Vienna or Berlin.

A few days after submitting your fingerprints, you will receive an email confirming that your visa has been issued and inviting you to return to the visa center to submit your passport. For some reason, you are not allowed to simply mail your passport, so traveling is inevitable.

About 10 days after sending your passport, you will receive an e-mail confirming that you can pick it up. If you live in the same country as the visa center, you're in luck as they can pass your pass to your address. Otherwise, you will have to travel to the visa center again.

Overall, the process should take 3-4 weeks and cost 100 US $ for the application fee.