Want to learn about the online Canada visa application process? Worry no more as this post will guide you through.

Applying for a visa was once a usually complex and overwhelming process, but thanks to the development brought by ICT, it is now easier to apply for visas online right from the corners of your room. With online visa applications, the procedure has become much more streamlined and easily accessible. You only need to be physically present for some unavoidable parts of the application process, such as the interview parts.

If you are planning to visit Canada, whether, for work, business, study, tourism, or just for family visits, you will need a visa in order to enter and stay in Canada legally. In this blog post, we will walk you through step-by-step on the online Canada visa application process.

Step 1:        Determine Your Visa Type and Eligibility

The first step in the visa application process for Canada and any other country is to determine which type of visa you need based on your purpose of visit. Also, you need to know if you are eligible for that type of visa or not. Canada offers different types of visa categories including

  • Tourist visas
  • Study permit
  • Work permits
  • Permanent resident travel document
  • Temporary resident visa, and many more

You will also need to check the required documentation that you will need to submit with your application, the possible duration of the application, and how much you will have to pay for the processing.

You can visit the official website of the Gourmet of Canada or consult with the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate to know whether you are eligible and what documents you might need for your visa application.

Step 2:        Create an online account

To proceed with the online visa application process, you will need to open an account on the official website of Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To create an account, you will need to supply your personal details such as your name and email address. You will also need to create a secure password. You should, however, ensure to keep your login credentials safe and protected for future reference.

Step 3:        Fill Out the Application Form

After creating an account, the next step is to log in and select the appropriate visa category you are applying for. You should fill out the online application form accurately with detailed and honest information. The form will request your personal details, passport information, travel history, purpose of visit, and other relevant information. You should make sure that all the information you provide is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to your supporting documents.

Step 4:        Pay the Visa Application Fees

Once you have filled out the application form, you will be required to pay the application fees. The application fees may vary depending on the visa type and processing time. You can make your online payment using a debit or credit card. It is important to keep a record of your payment receipt as proof of payment for reference.

Step 5:        Gather and Submit the Required Documents

You will be needed to provide various documents to support your visa application. These documents may include a valid passport with empty space to affix your visa, proof of funds, passport photographs, travel itinerary, educational certificates (if required), letter of invitation (if required), employment documents, and other relevant documents depending on the category of visa you are applying for. You should scan and submit these documents in digital formats, and upload them on the online application portal.

Step 6:        Submit Your Application

After filling out your application and submitting the necessary documents you should review your application thoroughly before submitting to correct mistakes or missing information. Once you are certain that you have provided all the required information and documents correctly and accurately, you can proceed to submit your application. After submitting, you will receive a notification that your application has been successfully submitted.

Step 7:        Book an appointment

After submitting your online visa application, you might be required to book an appointment for fingerprinting and phonographs, and also undergo a medical examination. This appointment depends on the type of visa you are applying for and your country of residence. The instructions for the medical examination will be provided on the official IRCC website through a Visa Application Center.

Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you of the successful booking. You will also receive along with the notification the letter of your appointment.

However, if you are not required to submit your biometric information (fingerprint and photograph), you don’t need to book an appointment. You can simply visit the nearest Visa Application Center at your convenience with your passport, completed application forms, and other supporting documents you uploaded along with your application.

Step 8:        Track your application status

After submitting your application, you can track your application status using the online account that you created on the IRCC website. You will receive updates regarding the visa application processing and also b notified if you need to provide additional documents or information. It is important to always check your account regularly so as not to miss out on any updates.

The processing time for a Canada Visa application usually varies depending on various factors. Once a decision has been made regarding your visa, you will be notified through your online account or via the email you registered your account with. If your visa application is approved, you will be sent instructions on how to receive your visa.

Once you collect your visa, you can pick up your documents including your passport from the Visa Application Center or have your documents way billed to you by a courier for an additional fee.


There you go! The Canada visa application process that has been made possible online has made the entire process more convenient and accessible for travelers throughout the globe. By following these step-by-step guidelines, you can easily navigate the online application system with ease and boost your chances of having a successful visa application. You should however remember to provide only accurate and up-to-date information, submit all required documents and wait patiently during the processing time. You should also track the progress of your application often to avoid missing out on relevant updates.