How to apply for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria - Travukwik

Are you Nigerian seeking information or advice on how to apply for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria? Do you need a guide on how you can obtain your Canada tourist visa with little or no stress? Do not search further! This post highlights the step-by-step guide for Canada tourist visa application wherefore, your dream of exploring this country becomes less complicated.

As you may know, Canada is one of the most visited countries with many beautiful tourist centers and business opportunities. On this account, it is paramount for Nigerian travelers to be well-informed on how to go about applying for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria.

What’s the expected duration to secure a Canadian tourist visa in Nigeria?

Like every other type of Canada visa application, a Canada tourist visa has its expected time before it is processed. After sending your visa application successfully, you may have to wait for some time before you can obtain your visa. As you may know, the processing of Canadian tourist visas in Nigeria varies from time to time – it is usually unstable.

For instance, two people may apply for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria on the same day but may get their visa approval in an extremely different number of days. It is hard to categorize the reason for this disparity but we understand that several factors may hinder the approval of the visa application process.

However, the average processing duration for a Canadian tourist visa is usually between one to two months provided all the information is correctly entered and not falsified. So, after inputting every of your detail correctly, you should sit back and relax while your Canada visa process is ongoing.

How much is the Canada tourist visa fee in Nigeria?

All Nigerian applicants applying for a Canada tourist visa are expected to pay a visa fee to the Canadian embassy in Nigeria. The fee is for the services rendered on a visa request from an applicant. However, be reminded that the Canada tourist visa fee in Nigeria is not fixed. The fees are subject to changes at any time and it is non-refundable if your visa application is declined.

Also, you should have in mind that Canada’s application fee for a tourist visa in Nigeria is different from other countries. Likewise, visa fee differs among visa types. For instance, Canada’s tourist visa fee is not the same as Canada’s work permit or student visa fee. Canada’s tourist visa fee varies depending on the platform the fee is paid. You can pay in person at the Canadian Embassy in Nigeria or online at any visa application center. What is common is that the fee should be paid in Nigerian’s currency (NGN). Nevertheless, all applicants are expected to pay two forms of fee when applying for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria: an application processing fee and a bio-metric fee.

The breakdown of the expected fees is listed below:

Estimated fees when paying online

  • Processing fee – about #28,000 (about $77)
  • Biometrics fee – about #24,000 (about $66)

Estimated fees when applying through the VSF Global Visa Application Center:

  • Processing fee – about #28,000 (about $77)
  • Biometrics fee – about #24,000 (about $66)
  • Service Charge – about #17,000 (about 47$)

Recommended option to applying for Canada tourist visa in Nigeria

Be reminded that there are two options by which you can apply for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria. You can either apply online or applying through VSF Global Visa Application Center in Abuja or Lagos. However, the “two options” are different from each other, and of course, one has an advantage over the other.

Note that, applicants can apply via one of the two options and still get their visa application approval but we recommend that applicants should apply online for the following reasons:

  • No courier fees or delivery time when you apply online – your application gets to IRCC instantly.
  • There’s a high tendency that the online visa application is processed faster compared to the application via VSF Global Visa Application Centers (Paper applications)
  • Online visa application ensures your application is complete before submitting because you’ll be unable to submit if any of the requested requirements are void. Paper applications on the other hand do not have such benefits. You can submit an incomplete application which may lead to unnecessary delays.
  • When you’re applying online, you get to see any update on the status of your application directly on your online account.

However, if you do not care about the aforementioned benefits or maybe you’re not computer literate, then you should consider a paper application.

What are the requirements needed to apply for a Canadian tourist visa in Nigeria?

Before the Canadian Embassy can endorse your tourist visa application, there are several documents to provide online or at the Global Visa Application Centers. These requirements will help improve your chance of securing your visa at due time. Whether you’re applying online or paper application, you’re expected to submit several documents which may include:

Passport photograph – You’ll provide two colored passport photographs taken within the last 6 months. Note that only one photograph is required if you’re applying online.

Nigerian/International passport ­–You’re required to upload your scanned international passport and bio-data page and all pages that have stamps in the past 10 years on your account. For a paper application, you’ll submit your original international passport along with all pages that have stamps in the past 10 years.

Explanation of the purpose of your trip – You’ll submit the details of your itinerary indicating your destination in Canada, expected duration, and your contact in Canada.

Letter of invitation – As part of your Canada visa application, you’ll provide an invitation letter for the business or person you’ll visit in Canada.

Hotel reservation – when applying for a Canada tourist visa, you’re expected to provide hotel booking confirmation. You need to let them know you’ve got a place to stay in Canada.

Proof of funds – You must submit evidence of sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Canada.

Other requirements include visa fees, downloading family information (IMM 5645) forms, document checklist, and tourist visa (IMM 5257) when applying online.


Applying for a Canadian tourist visa in Nigeria may be easier than expected provided you adhere strictly to the guidelines listed by the Canadian embassy and follow the step-by-step guide in this article. So, if you are eligible to travel to Canada, the information in this article will help increase your chance of obtaining your visa whenever you apply for a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria.