Read the do-it-yourself guide on how to apply for a Canadian visa in Nigeria. For anyone to be permitted to travel to Canada from Nigeria, one of the requirements is that the person must have a Canadian visa.
A visa is an official mark or stamp on passport that allows someone to enter or leave a country usually for a particular purpose. Nigerians travel to Canada for many reasons – education, tourism, medical grounds and other reasons.
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Furthermore, trade volumes between the two countries hit $2.66billion in 2014. So, as the ties between the two countries improve, the trade volume increases too, hence more reason Nigerians travel to Canada. Canada is is a country bordered by the US, and they also speak both English and French.
It has beautiful cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto and home to the famous Nicaragua Falls. They use Canadian dollars. Now all visa application processes basically involve the same steps for tourists and businessmen who are used to travelling round the world.
The officials want to be convinced that you will come back to Nigeria after the expiration of your stipulated period of stay. They often tell people that the visa will be processed in a matter of days, but it often takes weeks or even months.
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This article is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Canadian visa in Nigeria. Believe me, you will be glad you did read this write up after going through it. Now let’s take a look at the guidelines.
Steps To Apply For a Canadian Visa in Nigeria
You must get you Nigerian International passport. This can be achieved by paying a visit to the nearest immigration office close to you. They are scattered across the 36 states and the FCT.
You should read all the information on the visa/permit requirements on their website www.canadainternational.gc.ca/nigeria/visa and download the application form. This is where you will get all the necessary details you need concerning the visa that suit your situation
Sign up on the portal, fill out all necessary application forms on it and print your own copy
Pay both visa fees and biometric fees for getting a Canadian visa in Nigeria as contained on the website. Note that these fees aren’t fixed – they keep changing. The biometric fee for now is $85, application handling charge of $44.42, and other service charge will apply too.
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After the last step, visit the Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC) close to your area. They are located in Abuja and Lagos. At the CVAC, you will be required to come with your recent passport photograph, the printed copy of your online application form, your Nigerian International passport, and other relevant documents.
Ensure you pay the service charges. After that you submit your application form and get a receipt. The receipt contains a unique number that can be used to track the progress of your visa. Preparing your visa takes place in a matter of days and in some cases, it may be prolonged.
If you wish to apply for a Canadian Visa in Nigeria, then you need to have these tips:
- Your printed copy of the online application form must be printed on a white, non-glossy, bond quality paper using a laser printer
- You must download and fill out the consent VFS form and attach it to application letter on www.vfsglobal.ca/canada/nigeria
- CVAC do not work on Saturdays and close at 1pm on Fridays
- Every Nigerian between the ages of 14 and 79 must have their biometric information taken before they are allowed to travel to Canada for any reason
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You can apply to be issued visitor’s visa, work permit and study visas online
VFS Global is a company that is authorized to manage all visa applications in Nigeria
You can either submit your applications online or at CVAC
A portal has been created where you can track the status of your visa: www.vfsglobal.ca/canada/nigeria/trackyourapplication. From here you will use the code given to you to know the status of your visa as it’s being processed. You do not need to call anyone or visit their office to find out the status of your visa anymore.
For Canada Visa Application, visit VFS Global:
Lagos: Manor Hall, Plot 110, opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Admiral Ayinla Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Abuja: Plot 1161, Memorial Drive 2, 2nd floor, Central Business District, Abuja
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If you have read up to this point in this piece, I believe you must have learned so much about how to apply for a Canadian visa in Nigeria.
Well, during the interview at the Canada Visa Application Center, ensure that you are able to come up with genuine reasons why it is important you travel to Canada. Also, you should be able to convince the interviewer that you will come back to Nigeria.
Issuing foreign visas over the years has become increasingly difficult because foreign countries have had to deal with cases where Nigerian nationals get into their country, and when their visas expire, they varnish into thin air.
Yes, the immigrants keep running away from federal authorities of the countries. This is why they have become a lot stricter with their visas.
So, Nigerians who seek to travel to Canada often pass through other countries like Ghana, Cameroun, Egypt, South Africa, and others because of the high strictness of the CVAC in Nigeria on Nigerians planning to travel to Canada for holidaying, shopping, schooling and other reasons.
Remember that you do not need to go to the embassy as VFS Global manages everything about Canadian visa.
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Have fun when you get there, and remember don’t cause troubles to avoid being deported immediately or jailed.
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