CANADA VISA: REQUIREMENTS & ONLINE APPLICATION for Filipinos 2018

Filipino tourists can apply for a Canadian Visa in three ways: online, by mail, and in person. This guide focuses on online application. Last updated: September 2018.

Applying for a Canadian visa is actually pretty simple and easy. But when I began my application, I found the whole process a bit daunting. The disconnect, I believe, comes from the visa application website. What is supposed to be an easy procedure becomes overwhelming and a bit arduous because the layout of the website and the user journey are complicated and somewhat confusing. I have been living and breathing digital for the past 10 years of my life, yet I still ended up lost and confused a few times along the way.

I recently applied for a Canadian visa because I will be visiting Toronto soon. I documented every step of the process in order to help guide the readers of this blog. When you break it down to the requirements and basic steps, it really is pretty straightforward. Here goes.

Canadian Visa Requirements

But first, complete the requirements. Below is a list of all the documents you will need.

  1. Accomplished IMM5257 Form (Application for Visitor Visa Form). You can get it from here: Form IMM5257. Fill it out digitally.
  2. Accomplished IMM5645E Form (Family Information Form). You can download it from here: IMM5654E. Fill it out digitally.
  3. Passport. Scanned copy of the bio page and all pages with visas and stamps.
  4. Digital photo. Scanned. Passport-size (35mm x 45mm). White background. Specs here: Canada Visa Photo
  5. Proof of Purpose of Travel. Submit proof that you are coming to Canada for a TEMPORARY visit. You can submit any or all of the following:
    – flight ticket departing Canada (return or onward ticket)
    – your travel itinerary
    – hotel booking
    You don’t need to submit actual tickets. You can submit flight or hotel reservations, which you can cancel in case your application is denied (so you don’t have to waste money). A few airlines allow flight blocking (although I haven’t tried any of them) and some hotel booking websites have free-cancellation policy. Travel agencies can also issue these reservation documents. You can find one here: Flight and Hotel Reservations
    If you’re invited by a citizen in Canada, you will also need to provide the following: invitation letter, a copy of their citizen card, payslips or tax docs.
  6. Travel History. Scanned. This can be any or all of the following:
    – previous passports used within the last 10 years
    – expired and valid visas
    – entrance and exit stamps
    – If you’re living outside your country of citizenship, submit a copy of your immigration status document.
  7. Proof of Means of Financial Support. Scanned copies of any or all of the following:
    – If you’re employed: Bank statement for the past 4 months, a Certificate of Employment, Income Tax Returns (ITR), proof of assets (land titles, etc.).
    – If you’re a student: you must also submit proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees.
    – If someone else is funding your trip: also submit a letter from the person or institution providing you with money.
  8. Business Registration Documents. Only if you’re self-employed or if you’re traveling for business. You can submit SEC, DTI, or BIR registration documents, as long as it indicates the registered name of the business, the business address, and type of ownership.
  9. Letter of explanation (optional). If you wish to provide more info about the trip, you can also submit a letter of explanation.
  10. Visa Fee. CAD 100. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express cards are accepted.

IMPORTANT! Here are a few notes that will make your application easier:

  • Regarding IMM5257 and IMM5645E Forms: When you view the forms online, sometimes the file won’t load at all, displaying a “Please wait” message instead, especially if you’re using Chrome or Firefox. (Yep, it’s best accessed using IE.) Download it anyway. When you open it using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, you’ll see that the form is actually there.
  • Fill out the forms electronically. You don’t need to print it out or sign it. I struggled so hard finding a way to be able to type on the Signature field, but it turned out that I didn’t have to. Leave the signature field blank. You will be providing your electronic signature later in the process.
  • ANY or ALL. You’ll notice that in the list of requirements above, I keep on using the phrase “any or all of these documents.” It’s because in theory, you can submit just one item per document type. However, if you want better chances of approval, we strongly recommend submitting everything that you can provide.
  • Only the following file types are accepted: PDF (Portable Document), JPG, TIFF, or PNG (Image), DOC or DOCX (Microsoft Word Document.
  • Only one file will be allowed per requirement.

    – For example, for proof of means of financial support, if you want to submit a Certificate of Employment, ITR copy, AND proof of assets, make sure they’re in one file. If all your files are in PDF format, you can use apps like Adobe Acrobat to merge all the pages. If they’re image files, you can also insert all of them in a Word document to generate a single file.
    – Another example, travel history. If you are want to submit multiple pages of your passport to show the different visas and stamps, you must scan and save all pages as only one file.

  • The size of each file must NOT exceed 4MB. That’s the maximum size. If your file exceeds, you need to reduce the size. Know that PDF files tend to be smaller in size than Word (doc) files. If your PDF files are still over, recreate your files with Adobe Distiller and set to “lowest file size.” Set it to only 96 DPI (dots per inch).
  • Make sure your documents are complete. You won’t be able to submit your application if any of the required files is missing.


How to Apply Online

1. Create a GCKey (CIC Account).

What is a GCKey? It’s an account that would let you securely access the online services of the Government of Canada, including the CIC, which stands for Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada), the government agency that will be handling your application. You will be asked to create a username, password, and security questions.

Here’s how to create a GCKey/CIC account:

  1. Visit the registration page of the CIC here: CIC Register. Click on GCKey at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Click SIGN UP (on the right side of the screen) on the next page.
  3. Accept the terms and conditions on the next page.
  4. Create an account. Provide your full name, email address, desired username, password, and security questions and answers. Take note of these details because you will be entering these bits of info many times during the process.
  5. On the next page, click “VISITOR VISA, STUDY AND/OR WORK PERMIT”.

  6. On the next page, you will be asked if you have a Personal Reference Code. Under “I do not have a Personal Reference Code,” click “VISITOR VISA, STUDY AND/OR WORK PERMIT”.
  7. Find out if you’re eligible. You will be asked a series of questions about your trip and your background: how long is your trip, what province will you be visiting, have you been arrested for or convicted of any crime, have you overstayed a visa before? Just answer truthfully. You will also be asked whether or not you have a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If everything is alright, the next page will tell you that you are eligible for a VISITOR VISA. Click CONTINUE. On the next page, click CONTINUE again.

2. Upload your documents.

You will be asked to review all the information you entered in the previous step. Check if things are as they should be, and then click CONTINUE.

You will be presented with a Personal Checklist, which displays all the required documents that you need to upload. It looks like this:

To upload, simply click on the corresponding UPLOAD button on the right side.

You don’t need to upload the documents all at once. If you feel like you can’t complete it today, you can simply log out and log in another day. You have 30 days to complete the requirements.

Again, reminders:

  • Only the following file types are accepted: PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, DOC, DOCX
  • Only one file will be allowed per requirement. If you are want to submit multiple pages of your passport to show the different visas and stamps, you must scan and save all pages as only one file.
  • The size of each file must NOT exceed 4MB.
  • Make sure your documents are complete. You won’t be able to see the SUBMIT or CONTINUE button if any of the required files is missing.

Once you have completed the requirements and submitted your application, you will be prompted for an electronic signature. You don’t need to scan your signature or anything. You simply have to enter your full name. That’s your electronic signature. Just type your name.


3. Pay the Visa Fee.

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are all accepted. Just enter your card details and click Process Transaction. It may take a while to process so be patient. Don’t click that button again because you might be double-charged.

Within a few hours, you will receive an email containing your Application Number. It starts with letter V and then a series of numbers.


4. Wait for updates.

From hereon, you will be getting a message each time there is an update to your application. The first few messages will be updates that your application has been received.

To read your messages, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the CIC Login page and click on GCKey again here.
  2. Enter your username and password. You will also be asked to answer a security question.
  3. On the next page is a summary of your application. Scroll down toward the bottom. Under “View My Submitted Application”, click the Check Status and Messages button.

  4. On the next page, info about the application is displayed. Scroll down to the bottom again. Under Correspondence, you will see the messages. Click on the Expand button and it will reveal a “View this message” link. When you click it, a PDF document will be automatically downloaded.


5. Submit your passport.

If your application is denied, you will receive an email telling you just that.

If your application is approved, you will receive a message that they have come to a decision regarding your application and they are requesting that you submit your passport.

You have two options: by mail of in person.

If in person:

  1. Print out the passport request letter you received from IRCC/CIC. Make sure that the barcodes and application number are clear. You will bring this and your passport to the VFS Office/ Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).
  2. Go to Canada Visa Application Centre (address below). At the CVAC Office, the guard will give you a number and 2 forms: a personal info form and a VAC Consent Form. While waiting for your number to be called, fill out the forms.
  3. When your number is called submit all the requirements:
    – Passport
    – Request Letter from IRCC/CIC
    – Personal info form
    – VAC Consent Form. You can also download here
  4. Pay the CVAC handling fee. P543.15 according to the website. But in reality, I was charged P905 (cash), perhaps including the courier charges. Check out the list of fees and service charges here

If by mail:

It’s a bit more complicated. here’s the complete step-by-step guide: Submission by Mail

According to the staff I talked to, the passport will be ready in 2 weeks, but she also said that it usually takes much shorter than that.

Below are the addresses of the visa centers for Canada:

MANILA
Canada Visa Application Centre
VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
Mezzanine Floor Ecoplaza Bldg.
Chino Roces Ave Ext.
Makati city 1231
Philippines

Operating Hours
Passport Submission: 7am – 3pm
Passport Collection: 3pm – 4pm

CEBU
Canada Visa Application Centre
VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
9F Keppel Center Unit 905 Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Ave,
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000
Philippines

Operating Hours
Passport Submission: 7am – 2pm
Passport Collection: 2pm – 3pm

That’s it! Once it has your visa, you may receive your passport by mail or collect it at the CVAC office, depending on what you paid for.

Enjoy Canada!


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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the whole Canada Visa process take?

It varies. Case-by-case basis. It can take as short as two weeks or as long as months. In my case, the entire process from the moment I submitted my application to the moment I received my passport spanned 16 days. Here’s my timeline:

  • June 27: I created a CIC account and submitted my application online.
  • June 28: I received an update that my application has been received/read.
  • July 5: I received an update that they have made a decision and that I should submit my passport.
  • July 6: I went to VFS to submit my passport in person.
  • July 11: I received an SMS from VFS that my passport with the visa is ready and to be delivered.
  • July 12: I received my passport with a multiple-entry visa.

How early should I apply?

2-3 months in advance, to be safe.

Although mine took only 2 weeks, I know people whose waiting game lasted for over a month! So to be safe, I would say 3 months in advance is ideal.


How long is the validity of Canada visa?

I’m not sure if this is standard, but I was given a multiple-entry Canada visa that is valid for until the end of my passport’s validity. In my case, 2 years.


I keep on getting “Please wait” when I open the form. What can I do?

Regarding IMM5257 and IMM5645E Forms: When you view the forms online, sometimes the file won’t load at all, displaying a “Please wait” message instead, especially if you’re using Chrome or Firefox. (Yep, it’s best accessed using IE.) Download it anyway.

Open it using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. You’ll see that the form is actually there. It’s just not compatible with other programs.


How do I add my signature to the form? Do I need to print out the form?

Ha! Not reading well. I explained it twice above. But okay, I’ll explain it again.

Leave the signature field blank. You don’t need to print out or sign the form by hand. You don’t need to type anything in the signature field.

Upload the form with the signature field blank. You will be providing your electronic signature later in the process. After you have completed the requirements and submitted your application, you will be prompted for an electronic signature.

Once prompted, you simply have to enter your full name. That’s your electronic signature. Just type your name. No need to actually sign anything.

I struggled so hard finding a way to be able to type on the Signature field, but it turned out that I didn’t have to.


Can I use just 1 GCKey for my family members who are traveling with me?

According to some of our readers who have tried it, you can.

When you start your application, you will be asked if you are also applying for a family member. They say that if you answer yes, your checklist will include requirements for them too.

I haven’t tried this personally so I’m not really sure, but that’s what they say.


I received a message asking me to submit my passport. Does that mean my application is approved?

Most probably. According to the VFS person I talked to, it’s almost always the case. If you’re refused a visa, you will simply receive an email saying that your application has been denied.


How much money should I have in the bank to get approved?

Hmmm, I don’t know for sure. But like I said in my previous visa posts for other countries, the rule of thumb is to always add the cost of the flights, cost of hotel accommodations, and an allowance of probably USD70 per day.

Every country has its own daily allowance requirement. Most Schengen countries require around EUR60 per day, so we can assume that Canada’s is probably around that figure too. Add all those and that should be the minimum amount in your bank. Minimum, because of course, that can’t be the only amount in your account. You can’t be broke after your trip and expect the embassy to approve your application.


What are the reasons why my application would be denied?

This applies not just to Canada Visa but also other developed countries. The reason is often any of the following:

  • You can’t prove that you can financially support yourself on this trip. You probably have insufficient funds or your sponsor is not in a good financial standing.
  • You can’t prove that you intend to return to your home country (rootedness). You probably don’t have a stable job at this point, newly employed, or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you intend to work there.
  • Your intention/purpose in Canada is unclear. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.

More info here: Reasons Why Visa Applications are Denied


What does a Canada Visa look like?

Like this:


Do I really need plane tickets before applying? What if I get denied? Sayang the moolah.

As mentioned above, you don’t need plane tickets. You can submit just an itinerary or a cover letter, if you think you have a strong reason to visit. Again, it’s ANY or ALL of the items in the list.

HOWEVER, if you want better chances of getting approved, you can submit flight and hotel reservations. These are different from actual tickets or bookings. “Reservations” are just proof that you have blocked these plane seats or rooms, and you can cancel these in case your application is denied (so you don’t have to waste money). A few airlines allow flight blocking (although I haven’t tried any of them) and some hotel booking websites have free-cancellation policy.

Travel agencies can also issue these reservation documents. If you don’t have time to go to a travel agency, you can have it reserved online. When we apply for hard-to-get visas like Canada and Schengen, we hire Gazelle Travel and Tours, a DTI-registered and DOT-accredited agency. We created a form here so you can contact them completely ONLINE:

MORE INFO: Flight and Hotel Reservations

This post is brought to you by Philippine Airlines. PAL flies to Vancouver every day and to Toronto 3X a week.
This post is based on my own application as a tourist in Canada, so if you have questions about anything outside my personal experience or if you’re applying to work there, I’m afraid I won’t be of assistance. But feel free to post them in the comments section below because some of our readers might help.



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Comments

  1. strawberry says:

    Hi. Thanks for sharing your visa application experience! Big help. 🙂 One question though, how long did it take for your visa to get approved?

    • jing says:

      The answer is there in his story, almost 16 days, refer to the timeline

  2. Ecel says:

    I’m preparing for my Canadian visa application and i’m having the same confusion as what you mentioned at the start of this article. I’m actually considering asking assistance from a travel agency. Good thing my brother shared this to me. It has answered a lot of my questions. Thank you soooo much for sharing this! 🙂

    Good luck to you and your adventures! 🙂

  3. Dee says:

    Hi, Im currently applying for a Canadian tourist visa. However, when I start uploading the filled up forms, preview of the document being uploaded says “Please wait…” Have you encountered this? What did you do?

  4. Uma Arte says:

    Thanks for this article! I learned a lot!

    About the validity of the visa, I was advised to have my passport renewed first before I apply because they would base your visas validity on your passport validity. So if your passport has only two years left before it expires, you will be given two years multiple entry.
    Is this so in your case?

    • Mica says:

      Hi Uma Arte!

      Were you able to get confirmation or at least more information on this? My passport will expire in February 2019 and I’m planning to go to Canada around September 2018 so I was initially planning to apply in June 2018 (3 months before departure date). Would you recommend for me to just renew my passport by the end of this year, even if it’ll expire Feb 2019 pa? Thank you!!

  5. Viajerose.com says:

    My brother is in Canada. I also have one cousin there. Will having a family-relative in Canada be a pro or con when applying for a tourist VISA?

  6. Clarissa says:

    Hi! Thanks for this very informative blog. Anyway, I would like to ask if how soon should I send my passport to the embassy when I they notify me to send my passport? Hope you have an idea! Thanks!

  7. Grace says:

    hello. the IMM5257 Form asked me the name of person or institution to visit. pro wala akong kakilaa sa canada. purely tourism lang talaga sadya ko dun. ano gagawin ko? hindi mavalidate yung form pag hindi ko nilagyan ang portion na yun. thanks

  8. Lyz says:

    hi, is it okay to submit target bookings only (not reserved but just chosen, will pay after grated a visa)? I don’t want to pay the airfare, accommodations and transportation tickets until granted my visa.

  9. Roy says:

    Hi..
    This is a very informative blog. Ask ko lang po, anong ilalagay ko sa item:
    1.Name,address and relationshiop of any person(s) or institution I will visit?
    2.Relationship to me
    Walang ako kakilala po dun. I am traveling alone.
    Ano po dapat ilagay dto?
    Thanks in Advance.

    • Hi Roy! I just entered the name of the hotel where I would be staying and their address. Dun sa Relationship to Me, I don’t remember if I left it blank or I put N/A.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you’re submitting the passport in person, you can get one sa VFS office. The guard will give you these forms upon entry.

      If you’re submitting by mail, there will be a link on the website where you can download the forms.

        • altagracia miguel says:

          good afternoon . i would like to know how much to i pay for (PH or USD for a temporary visitor. i am planning for a 1 and half stay with my nieces in Toronto Canada. thank you

  10. Charm says:

    Hi,

    I was denied with Canadian Tourist Visa last year, would that lessen my chance to get approved when i apply again next year?

  11. Hannah says:

    Hello po.. me and my boyfrend from canada plan to get me a tourist visa what do i need to do po?

  12. Justine says:

    I have been planning to apply for Canadian Tourist Visa for almost 5 years now…but due to the complicated instructions on their website, hindi ko tinutuloy as I’m afraid to get denied. When I saw this blog, I immediately submitted my application and just yesterday, I got a message requesting for me to submit my passport. OMG. Eto na ba yun? This blog is just soooooooo helpful. Thank you so much!!!

      • Justine says:

        I just received my passport from CVAC…and yes, it has the Canada Visa on it na. Sobrang nakatulong po. I actually have this saved on my bookmarks. Palagi ko binabalik balikan during the time na nagaapply pa lang ako.

        Thank you again!!!

          • Justine says:

            Thank you! My friend is applying for Australian visa so I referred your blog to him. 🙂

        • Rish says:

          HI justine, just want to ask kung may relatives ka doon sa canada or wala?
          Im planning to apply kasi maybe june or july and I have a sister their but ufortunately she cant help me about it.

  13. LOVE VENICE R EVANGELISTA says:

    Hi po! kapag freelance civil engineer po work, ano po document needed?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! Are you registered with BIR as a professional? You can submit your ITR and registration docs.

      • LOVE VENICE R EVANGELISTA says:

        hindi po ako registered kasi former OFW po ako from 2006 to 2015.. i have my previous n po kaya lang expired na ngayon…

  14. Khaye says:

    Hi! Thank you for this post. I would like to ask if the request letter require you to submit your passport within a certain period after receipt of decision? I’m planning to apply both UK and Canada Visa next month and I’m considering overlapping applications because of time constraint. I’m thinking about the possibility of receiving a decision from the Canadian embassy while my passport is with UK embassy. Can I still submit my passport let’s say a week after I received the decision? Thank you very much.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Khaye, you have 30 days to submit your passport after you’re asked to do so. 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you’re in a good financial standing, I would say bank statement. But if you decide to submit bank cert, make sure it covers the past 4 months or longer.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you’re submitting the passport in person at the VFS office, the guard will give you a copy upon entering the room.

  15. Karol says:

    Do they have some sort of family application, just like in US visa? Where all of you can submit as one? Thank you.

  16. Malou says:

    Hi. Thanks so much for your blog. I will be preparing to apply soon for.me and my 2 children. Were you required to do biometrics? Will I need to bring my children with me, if and when I receive a message to submit oir passports?

  17. Mary says:

    Hello ask ko lang po pano kung wala po akong work . Then sabi nila i need a job para maaprove yung tourist visa. Ano pong pwedeng alternative way dun. Salamat

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Mahirap po talaga maapprove pag unemployed. Di po namin alam ano alternative.

      • Rish says:

        Hi Sir,

        Please i need your assistance. Pag aapply na po sana ako this MOnth (Septemeber2018) ng application kaya lang po suddenly nilipat ako ng company. Pwede ko po ba ilagay both company and iexplain ko nalang sa cover letter ko yung reason? Im currently working here in SIngapore.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Rish, sorry, medyo di ko gets, saan mo ilalagay yung both companies? Sa application form?

          • RISH says:

            Sa application form po yung current company ko na ilalagay ko. Yung mga documents po? Like contract? IC, wala pa po kasi ako payslip na matatanggap pa sa pinaglipatan na company ko ngayon kaya yung previous company po which is from mar to august ang binigay nila na payslip copy sakin. and yung for september ibang company na ang magbibigay kaya lang po kasi ngayong month na ako mag submit ng visa application ko. Biglaan po kasi sila nag decide na ilipat ako ng supplier company parang agency po dito sa SG. Man power supplier.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Rish, naku, magulo nga yan. Naging complicated lalo. Pero pwede mo itry na iexplain sa letter na lang na you have just moved

            I think sa COE or contract, dapat yung current company lang.

            Pero dahil hindi ideal yung situation, may chance talaga na madeny.

  18. Grace says:

    Thank you the poor traveler. Going to Toronto this April. You are a big help for my visa application and approval.

      • Grace says:

        Yes, I would be going to Niagara Falls and Hamilton also. My first application was denied, but I reapplied after 5 days bcoz based on what I’ve read on other blogs, mas mabuti daw mag reapply kaagad and explain mo lang sa cover letter mo to refute their visa denial. Kaya ayun, inaprove nila, multiple entry pa. hehe

        • rhiz says:

          hello po,, pwede mo po b mashare yung cover letter mo sa 2nd application mo po?? thank u 🙂

        • Rish says:

          Hi Ma’am,

          Pwede niyo po ba kami mahelp sa cover letter niyo or pwede po ba makahinging assistnace sa pag apply? PLease? Pwede po makuha ang email address niyo? Thank you so much po for your help!God bless you po!

  19. Edward Abo says:

    Hi! Just want to ask about the 5257 form 2nd page #8 Immigration status of applicant in country where applying. Do I have to choose Temporary Resident? How about the validity? or do I have to choose the fifth box? Thanx

  20. Jeffrey Viri says:

    Hello Yoshke, I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and been reading your articles especially on VISA application. In fact, I followed your Indian Visa application and was granted with eVISA just yesterday : ) my 12th Asian Country to visit to date. Applying for Canadian Visa is taking it to the next level of travel and this article will definitely helps a lot! Question though, since I don’t have a plane ticket reservation (DIY trip) would you recommend I produce an invitation letter instead? I plan to visit my Aunt in Vancouver and I can request her to produce this letter. Also, do you have an idea if I have to notarized it? I plan to cover Vancouver- Edmonton (Banff) – Toronto. Thanks a lot! and really helpful blog.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jeffrey, if the purpose of your trip is to visit your aunt, then yes, a letter from her will be very helpful. Not sure if this has to be notarized though. But just make sure your aunt’s full name and contact details are there.

      • Jeffrey Viri says:

        Hello Yoshke and Vins, as of writing this reply, I am now granted with multiple entry visa to Canada and coming to visit this October 2018, Yey!!! childhood dream fulfilled! what I initially thought is taxing, stressful and scary process eh madali lang pala! simply follow your instructions (no help needed fromtravel agency – which was my original plan). Heartfelt thank you : ) and please continue writing it really helps a lot! : )

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Thanks, Jeffry! Saan sa Canada ka punta? Enjooooy! 🙂

          This reminds us that we need to write na rin pala our Canada travel guides. 🙂

          • Jeffrey Viri says:

            Actually, aside from Visa Application I was wondering if you have Canada guide(s) as well? I plan to visit Toronto – Edmonton (Banff) – Vancouver, will visit friends and family but definitely solo trip for me : ) at saka depende sa airfare sale hahaha (expensive ticket) any DIY tips are highly appreciated.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Jeffrey, we’ve been planning to but could not find time to write our Canada guides. haha.

  21. Donn Lee says:

    Hi, TPT/. I am going to need Canadian visas for myself, my wife and 2 kids. We are going to an Alaskan cruise, and it covers a stop in British Columbia. We are well traveled, having been to the US multiple times, Europe multiple times, and all over southeast asia, both individually and as a family. . So I think we will probably be granted visas. My problem is that my children are already in the US ahead of us. One is studying in New York, and the other is vacationing in California. Would it be possible to apply together, or do we do it individually.

    Thank you.

  22. Pat says:

    Hi. I had an early retirement from work and I have been leasing out my condo unit for a couple of years now, mostly to expats, as a source of income. I’m almost 50 and I want to start traveling. I’ve been to most of Asia and Australia. I want to visit Canada next as I have a friend there. My concern is, I don’t have a tax return for the rental as it is only 1 unit. I do have my property tax, dues, title for it though. I also have the lease contracts and tenant info. Would it be a problem if I don’t have the tax return? I don’t see it as a business but more of a passive source of income. Thanks in advance for your insight.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Pat, the ITR isn’t required. It would be helpful, but not required. You can submit other proof of income like those you mentioned (lease contracts, etc.).

  23. Christine says:

    Hi,

    May I know how you were able to open the Form IMM5257? It always goes directly to the Please Wait page.. Please help! 🙂 Thanks!

      • Christine says:

        Thanks for your reply! I’m actually already filling up the form at the moment. There’s this portion where you write the Name, address and relationship of any person(s) or institutions you want to visit. Did you just write your hotel name here? Or just N/A since I’m not visiting anyone there? 🙂

        Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi! I answered this a couple times already. (See other comments.) Just write down your hotel name.

  24. Terese says:

    Hi! I am currently working in Qatar and been thinking of applying a Canada tourist visa in the Philippines. As you know, the country im working in doesn’t collect any taxes from its workers. I just don’t know how to process my ITR as past of their requirements. Can you help with this please? Cheers!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      ITR is optional. Their website says ANY or all, so if you don’t have ITR, you can skip that. But it would really help if you can provide other proof of employment and financial means.

      • Terese says:

        Thanks for responding to this. Do you also know if i can send a screenshot of my bank statement from BDO online banking or do i really have to get it from the bank? Thanks!

      • Terese says:

        Also, should i scan my passport size photo or just send them the soft copy? I got lost with your “digital/scanned” part. Haha

  25. Jade says:

    Thanks for this article! Got my visa (multiple entry rin :)) last Sunday. Kung hindi ko siguro nakita tong blog niyo nahirapan ako magcomplete ng requirements, pati yung sa signature ng forms :)))

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jade! Thanks for returning to our blog to share this! We’re always happy to be of help. Congrats on your visa!!! Enjoy Canada. 🙂

  26. alex cortez says:

    Hi i am inviting my parents and sister for a tourist visa here in Canada and i am planning to apply it online, do i need to submit also my requirements with them like my T4, notice of assessment etc. or they only ask for their requirements? Thank you!

  27. Lara says:

    Hi. I have a sister in Canada and my parents who are both senior citizens and I am planning to visit her and her Canadian Family. I am single, government employee and a post graduate student. But in assets, I dont think I will be able to satisfy that. Can business be inclded as assets? Thanks

  28. Marose13 says:

    Hello Sir, tanong ko lang po kung hand written po ba dapat sa forms nai-fillup? or i need a PDF editor po?

      • rish says:

        Hi again Sir,

        Dun po sa Signature, kapag tinatype ko na yung name ko ayaw po mag respond. Parang hindi ko po pwede lagyan ng name pero sa date okay naman po.

  29. Marydel Luis says:

    Hello po, panu po pag ung bank stmt ko is png allowance nalang? Naka booked na po kasi ko return tix (manila-windsor ca) and accommodation (airbnb)… malaki po ba chance na ma qpproved ako, since nameet ko naman po ung requirements except sa bank stmt which is allowance nalang pero naka set naman sya 100usd/day may17-28, 2018 ung flight date

  30. Marydel Luis says:

    Student/self employed din po ako, day trading crypto currency pero walang itr, pero may proof naman po ako na babalik ng ph kasi student pa, may school cert naman then booked ticket din po ako mnla-bali, may impact po kaya un para ma approve ako? Thank you po

  31. vangie says:

    Hi, how about if will just go there for studying, a sandwhich program for only a year…student visa ba? what’s the requirements po.. . Thank you..

  32. Neolea Antazo says:

    Do I need to submit summary report of my travel history? Or I just need to scan all the stamps and visas?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you can submit a summary report, that would make their jobs easier. I submitted a summary report too. Naka-table. 😛

      • Rish says:

        Hi Sir,

        Sorry po sa napaka daming tanong, sa travel history po ano ano po mga pwede ko ilagay dun? Pwede niyo po ba iemail sakin yung lahat ng documents na sinubmit niyo Sir? Para may guide lang po ako. PLease? =( nag tanong na po kasi ako sa Gazelle which is recommended niyo for flight blocking. Nag avail ako sakanila. Pero ang sabi po sakin sa visa assistance hindi nila ko ma accomodate dahil working po ako dito sa SG. Diff countries diff req’s daw po kasi. PLease Sir =(

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Sa Travel History, I submitted:
          – copy of info page of previous passports used within the last 10 years
          – copy of all expired and valid visas
          – copy of all entrance and exit stamps

  33. AJ says:

    Hi question lang po, I have my salary certificate dated March 18, 2018 from my employer and til now hindi pa ako nakakapagsubmit ng application ko online. Will it affect my application or should I request my employer for a new one but it would take 2 weeks. Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I think pwede pa, pero syempre, mas better chances pag mas bago.

  34. Connie says:

    Hi! Ask ko Lang Kung renewal need pa bang mag present Ng requirements, since I already used my visa twice, multiple 3 yrs , and if will expire on aug 2018. Am planning to pay a visit to my brother who died in 2015 in Canada , nagiisa lang siya doon , since divorce siya at ang nagasikaso lang yung “ common wife” base sa death certificate. Do you think I have a chance to have visa , if COE is the only documents to be presented? . Currently have US visa & Japan visa . Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Connie, I’m not sure sa process kapag renewal or if same process lang din. 🙁

  35. Lea says:

    Do we need to submit 4 months of Bank Statement? or Bank Certificate is enough? Is it okay to submit 3 months Bank Statement only? The bank told me that it will take 2-3 weeks to get the bank statement 4 months ago.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Lea, as explained in the article, you can submit “any or all” of the listed requirements. The more supporting docs you submit though, the better your chances.

  36. Meldrick says:

    Hello Yoshke!

    I am planning to leave for Canada on June 13-18 for a business trip. However, I have another trip on US on May 15- June 1 2018. Travel agencies can no longer commit that they can have my passport back in time for the schedule. It seems like Online application is the best options left for me.

    Id like to ask, after you were approved and were required to surrender the passport for stamping, what is the maximum grace period/timeline set by the embassy to surrender my passport? Planning to upload all documents while in the US, and God-willing once approved, Ill surrender my passport for stamping by the time I get back on June 1.

    thanks!

  37. Van says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Thank you sa vlog mo sobrang nakakatulong. Naguluhan lang ako pag mag papasa sa vfs ng mga docs meaning yung mga application form walang hand signature? Sorry naguluhan ako. Saka same ba yung family information na imm5645 and imm5707??? Sa site kasi ng cic.gc.ca ang nakita ko na form imm5707 ito naba ang bago? Naguluhan talaga ako. Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pag mag papasa sa vfs ng mga docs meaning yung mga application form walang hand signature?
      —– yung application form, di isusubmit sa VFS. It will be accomplished and submitted online (if online application, which is yung topic ng post na ‘to). If online application, as mentioned in the post, you will be asked for an electronic signature upon submission of your application. (Although it’s called an electronic signature, you won’t be signing anything. You will just be prompted to enter your name.)

      Saka same ba yung family information na imm5645 and imm5707???
      —- I didn’t submit imm5707. Yung 5645 lang.

  38. Jack says:

    Hi there, Thank you for this helpful guide. I am working for the application of my sisters and brother and their child. They have new passports with no travel history yet as they have not left the country. Do you have an idea what I can do for this. Thank you

  39. Rish says:

    Hi Sir,

    I hope makapag reply po kayo sa mga questions ko.
    I have a sister living in Canada na po and plan to visit her this year. Im single currently working here in Singapore as an admin executive (engineering Company). If papalarin po na ma grant ako ng tourist visa okay lang po kaya na magtravel ako lets say nag end na yung contract ko dito sa work? HIndi po kaya ako mahaharang nun?Thank you po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rish, in theory, okay lang. But it’s hard to say how the immigration screening will go through, if mahaharang ka or hindi. Depende yan sa maraming factors.

  40. Kat says:

    Thank you so much for posting this article. I applied for a tourist visa together with my mom, dad, and husband. We got approved! I tried several times applying for a tourist visa when i was single and i was denied twice. But when i read this article, i was encouraged to try again and luckily i got it this time. Your website have been really helpful. The way you describe the procedures and steps to follow were clearly explained.Also, instead of availing the services of tourist agency in filing our visa it was timely that i have read your article and guess what i have saved almost 40k since the agency is charging 15k per applicant. I filed our applications myself and I just followed the steps that you have enumerated. Hence, from the bottom of my heart, thank you and more power to you and your team! 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kat! Thanks din for sharing your experience! And congrats! Enjoy Canada! 🙂

  41. Isabel says:

    This blog post is very helpful. Thank you 🙂
    I would just like to ask if the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409) should be filled out even though I’m not married or anything?
    Thaaank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ah, kami po, we didn’t fill it out. We only submitted IMM5257 and IMM5654E.

  42. Elle says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for this. Their website’s really confusing. I’m applying my grandparents (grandma and her sister) a tourist visa. And already have their requirements. Their leaving for US in June and planning to take a tour in Canasa as well. Do I need to create a 2 seperate accounts for them? Or can i just upload it altogether in one account? I’m using my email for them both.

  43. Sue says:

    Hi! It was mentioned above that if i want to submit my requirements in person i will need to get a passport request letter that is from CIC? Please, how can i get a copy? Thank you in advance for the help. 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No, the “passport request letter” is for those who finished submitting the requirements online. It’s sent by CIC via email and via your CIC account’s mail.

      If you’re planning on doing the entire application in person, I don’t know what the process is. Contact VFS na lang.

  44. RL says:

    Hi! For the Visitor Visa Application Form, should it be validated first (for the bar code) before uploading? Thank you.

  45. Taylor says:

    Hi,

    Does this type of visa allow you to work in Canada? Do you know if you need to obtain employment before applying for a VISA or after?

    Kind Regards
    Taylor

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Taylor, we have no idea about anything about working in Canada. We focus on tourism only.

  46. RL says:

    Hi! should the visa application form be validated first (for the bar code) before uploading? Thank you.

  47. Jojee M says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for posting this as things seem to be confusing on their website. I will be visiting Canada as I was invited to attend a training as part of my work here in the Philippines. The company sending the invite will be paying for everything, and they have sent a letter stating this with the note where we will be billeted and the length of the training. Part of the costs will also be shouldered by my company. If my company can give financial documents, should I ask for the Canadian company to send the same or should their letter of invitation stating their support of transfers and lodging suffice? Should I also submit my own bank statements or hindi na necessary yun? I will attach my CoE and ITR of course. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jojee, it’s best if you can send as many relevant supporting docs as you can. The letter from the Canadian company will help a lot.

      Not sure about the personal financial docs. If it has sufficient funds, I would submit that too, if that were me.

  48. rd says:

    Hi! I would like to ask in what part should i need to upload the ticket and hotel confirmation?

    For the employment status i am currently employed but the form is asking for TO-FROM how will i answer it? putting N/A is not applicable.

    thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can include the ticket and hotel reservation in the Purpose of Travel file.

      I’m not sure I understand your 2nd question. I think it’s asking for the inclusive dates of your employment, is it not?

  49. ghia says:

    hi! Is the process same as the visa renewal?
    Thanks so Much!
    God bless!!!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ghia, I dunno. 🙁 I’m not familiar with the renewal process. 🙁

  50. joya says:

    Hi! I applied online but I got denied, the reasons are my travel history ( isang beses pa lang ako nakalabas ng bansa) and the purpose of visit (family visit nilagay ko since nasa canada naman brothers at parents ko)..ano kaya pwde ko pang iattach or gawin para maapporve ako? thank you so much…

  51. beth says:

    hi at what part ba dapat mag upload ng birthcertificate or marriage contract. is it needed? di ko makita eh.

  52. Josh says:

    Hi.. Im travelling with my 79 year old mom. Can I use the same GCKey account and upload all her requirements along with mine? Thanks 🙂

      • Camille says:

        I have created 1 GCKey account and have filed applications for myself and other 2 family members.

        You should be able to do this by properly answering the questions at the start of your application. There’s a question if you are also applying for a family member – if you answered yes, then your checklist would reflect requirements for your family member too.

        Hope this helps.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Woot! Thanks for sharing, Camille! This clears things up. Will add this to the FAQs above. 🙂

        • nette says:

          Hi!
          Ask ko lang I already created 1GCkey account for myself and 2 family members can I still use the same GCKey for my mom?
          Sa glossary kasi
          “Family Member –
          An applicant’s closest relatives, in the context of an application to IRCC. It is defined as a spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and their dependent children” Thanks,

  53. Pamela Denise S. Bunanig says:

    Hello Good day! I just want to ask if you experience invalid username and password pag nagsign up, kasi gumawa po ako ng account, nag log out ako and now hindi ko siya mabuksan kasi invalid daw pero tama naman yung username and password ko po 🙁 Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I’m not sure kung meron pero have you checked if my “Forgot my Password” feature? Baka pwede mo pa maretrieve.

  54. Clem says:

    Hi Good day, I just want to ask about the process of going to Canada via relatives sponsorship. My wife aunt is a Canadian residence and they want to sponsor my wife to come to Canada. What are the things and procedure we need to do? She also advised us to go to Agency to have an inquiry. Please help us with this. Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Clem, nag-apply naman itong post na ‘to sa case mo. Pa-read na lang.

  55. JojitP says:

    Hi, we applied TRV here in Bangkok as we are based here since 2003. We applied June 3, 2018. According to processing time based on CIC website, Bangkok Thailand processing time is 7 days. Its been 9 days as of the writing of this message. Any case there in The Philippines that you have heard that took longer than the expected processing period?

  56. GLENNA says:

    Hello, I just want to ask if you have an idea of the amount of money in your bank account needed for a 2 wk vacation in Ottawa? What if I haven’t tried to go to other countries and my passport has no travel history yet? Would that affect my application? Thanks in advance!

  57. Camille says:

    Hi!

    Did you have to upload “Optional Documents”? I have completed uploading all my “required” documents, but don’t see the Continue or Submit button to proceed to payment.

    Appreciate your response.
    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Camille, can you email us a screenshot of the Upload Documents page so we can check?

      • Camille says:

        Hello, sorry, I wasn’t able to see your reply here right away. I was able to Continue by submitting the “Optional Documents” too. The optional documents in my checklist were Schedule 1 (form) and Client Information. For Schedule 1, I answered the form and uploaded it; for Client Information, I just placed a blank PDF form to be able to proceed.

        Still waiting for updates though.

  58. SALLY GUINO says:

    Hi, hoping you could help me, we will be going to New York this December and we’re planning to cross in the border of US and Canada just for a day trip, is it we need to be done the procedure of tourist visa application and pay the visa fee?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Dann! I updated the links in the post above. Apparently, they moved the files to another URL. But updated na. Please check

  59. Lia says:

    Hi. nag applied po ako ng visa twice. 1st nung may, then ngayong july both application have been denied. reason po ay yung travel history ko and financial status at asset. KL, bangkok, cambodia at vietnam pa lang po napupuntahan ko. regarding sa financial status naman meron po ako 230k at nakalagay din dun yung 3 credit cards ko. nilagay ko din po sa asset yung certificate of ownership nung condo na kinuha namin pero denied parin. paadvise naman po kung ano yung kulang. sinunod ko din po yung lahat nung steps na nasa blog. anyway, may sister po ako sa canada and sya po nag sponsor sakin. 1 month po plaa ako plano mag stay sa canada.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Lia, dun sa bank statement, regular ung transactions? Hindi siya biglaang may 230K?

      If travel history talaga ang issue, then build it first. Try applying for other visa countries first like Japan and Korea.

      • Cyn says:

        Hi sir. Ask ko lang, pwede na po kaya magaplay ng canadian visa once nakakuha na ng japan visa kahit di pa nagagamit ang japan visa? Isasabay ko na rin po ang question kung pwede magaplay ng US Visa habang di pa nagagamit ang Japan visa. Pinagiisipan ko po kaso kung alin sa Canadian at US Visa ang sunod kong aaplayan e. para lang alam ko po options ko. Salamat po

    • Grace says:

      Diskartehan mo sa cover letter, explain mo lahat dun. Nadenied ako, after 5 days nagreapply kasi yan ang nabasa ko sa ibang blogs, mag apply ulit kaagad pag nadenied and u refute all their reasons why u had been denied. So approve ako pag apply ko ulit.

  60. Trisha says:

    Hi! It is stated above that if you’re a student you should submit proof of payment of tuition but what if enrollment haven’t started yet po? Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Write a cover letter and mention that. 🙂

      But submit other proof like school ID or a letter from someone from school.

  61. MG says:

    Thank you this is very helpful. I should have read this before I applied for a Canadian Visa for me and my family! Our application took 13 days (including online submission) to get an approval. I had to do a follow-up (online) because my family is already leaving on 13 July for the US. Tomorrow, we’ll submit our passports. Hopefully they will release them asap … crossing our fingers!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi MG, ours took only 3 working days. Hope you receive yours in time for your trip! Good luck and enjoy Canada! 🙂

    • Bajoanne says:

      Hi MG,

      Where did you follow up your application? we filed our online applications last July 2 but no update until this time. Thanks

  62. G.B. says:

    hi! i have applied for a tourist visa and i have been requested to send my passport already. however, i have mistakenly sent my passport to the embassy of canada in Makati instead of sending it to the address of the VAC. do you have any idea how can i retrieve my passport and how long does it take to get it back?
    and also, how long does it take to have the visa stamped in your passport once submitted?

    thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No idea on how to retrieve your passport from the embassy.

      Regarding your other question, once VFS received my passport, it took only 3 working days before it was ready for pick up/delivery. Good luck and enjoy Canada! 🙂

  63. Jigs says:

    Thank you for this very helpful and informative site, this is such a big help for people like me who want to visit Canada, but at the same time also wanted to save some bucks for paying travel agencies on Visa application assistance. The guidelines are very clear and detailed, and it offers every information you needed for Canada Tourist Visa application so you won’t get lost in the process. . By the way, I just got my Visa approved yesterday, so I really took time to say Thank you and more power to the Blogger! Kudos!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks, Jigs, for taking the time to return to our blog to leave a positive feedback. We really appreciate it.

      Congrats on the visa!!! Enjoy Canada!

  64. Ashu Marienoeola says:

    Hello,please I was refused a visa this june and I was told I can reapply if I can justify the reasons for refusal.please when can I reapply because my program starts in September

  65. .... says:

    if someone in Canada and that person work there 1 year and that person can give me invitation for visa and thar person pay my all visa fees and flight tickt…..then what documents need to apply to tourists visa for philippine person and how i do help me.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! If I remember correctly, the requirements remain the same. But you need to add invitation letter, inviter’s citizen ID, etc.

      Not sure if only citizens are allowed to invite.

  66. Jow says:

    Hi Poor Traveler! Just wanted to say that this blog post was a HUGE help while I was applying for a tourist visa for my mom and I. And luckily, our visa got approved last Friday!! 🙂
    Thank you guys for your efforts in giving assistance with the best that you can to your readers. 🙂
    More powers to you!!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks, Jow! We’re always happy to be of help! Enjoy Canada!!!

    • Bajoanne says:

      Hi Jows,

      Is okay to ask how many days did your visa processed? when did you file your application?

      Our were submitted July 2 but no feedback as of this time. Medyo nakaka kaba lang.

      Thanks.

      • Jow says:

        July 7- We submitted our application online.
        July 14- We received a request to submit our original passports
        July 17- Went to VFS and submitted our passports
        July 23- We received a text from the office that our passports are ready and available for pick-up.
        the process took 16 days all in all.

        Hope you receive a feedback soon Bajoanne!

  67. K says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Is it possible to apply for a tourist visa pero invited by someone not blood related? Parang invitation visa sa other country?

    Thank you.. =*

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi K, if tama pagka-alala ko, pwede. Kasi wala namang “Tourist Visa” ang Canada. Ang meron sila ay umbrella na “Visitor Visa,” na pwede for tourists and for those visiting friends/family. Yun ang pagkakaalala ko.

  68. fame maloom says:

    hi! may C.I or home visit pa ba sa applicant ng visa? pinupuntahan pa ba or may background checking pa ba sa applicant ng canadian visitor’s visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! Wala namang home visit. Pero I’m not sure if binabackground check nila.

  69. Christine says:

    SEC, DTI or BIR docs… so kahit DTI certificate lang ok lang bah?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, but again, like said in the article, the more docs you provide, the better your chances.

  70. M says:

    Hi! I will be applying for Canada Tourist Visa soon. I have few questions regarding the application.

    Regarding sa bank statement, can I submit my Savings account bank statement?

    Currently, I am based outside the Philippines, Sa Current country or territory of residence, they have a start and end date. Dun sa end date, can I leave it blank or should I put the end date of my work contract?

    Regarding sa National Identity Document, since I am working outside the Philippines, should I just put my PHL passport here or yung Identity card ko dito sa country where I am working?

    Lastly, Sa employment record. Sa current employer, sa start and end date, can I leave the end date blank?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi M,

      Re Bank statement, yep, okay lang. Savings din sinubmit ko, naapprove naman.

      Re National Identity Document, if that were me, yung passport and/or other PH IDs na lang ilagay ko.

      Re end dates, naku, hindi ko na maalala ung ganyan ka-specific na detail. May option ba na hindi date? Di ko na rin matandaan nilagay ko, huhu, sorry.

  71. Melvin says:

    Hi,

    I submitted tourist visa application for my aunt(50 years old) 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately she got denied.
    Reasons for denials are, hindi sila satisfied sa:
    1. Family ties nya in Canada and Philippines
    2. Travel History
    3. Personal Assets and financial status

    A. I really do not understand the reasons for her denial because, actually she has 2 sisters in canada who are already citizens there.
    B. Meron shang 900kphp on her bank account (i put 7k CAD as her budget in her application)
    C. She is a taxi operator, and shes in a retail business (going back after a month for she will be busy again sa business nya)
    D. In her invitation letter, aside from purpose of visiting her sister in Canada, It was also stated that if she got approved, she will accompanying my Grandmother as well (71 years old who got her multi- entry visa last year) who wished to visit our relatives in canada,because grandma cant read, write, and understand English at all.

    The invitation was provided by one of her sister who only send her scanned Canadian Passport as a proof of relationship. No payslips, bank statement provided.

    My aunt plans to re-apply, just wanna ask what further documents should we provide?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Melvin,

      How long would the trip be? How many days did your aunt say she wanted to stay in Canada?

      Regarding ties/rootedness in PH, what did she submit?

      All the assets and businesses she submitted, they’re all under her name?

      How’s her travel history?

  72. Melvin says:

    Hello Yoshke,

    She would like stay for 1 month, should it be lesser?
    She submitted a business permit ,DTI, copy of franchise certificates all under her name.

    I just remembered she told me she got denied for a London tourist visa 10 years ago, I talk to her about it and told me not to include it for because she forgot the exact date anyway.

    She traveled to Hong Kong for 2 weeks holliday

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Melvin, I dunno, maybe 1 month is too long for someone na wala pa masyado travel history and wala pang other visas.

  73. Bajo says:

    Hello, thanks so much for your blog – super helpful. Question lang is it normal
    kaya na beyond 13 days ang processing nila? we submitted online our applications (5 family ) last July 2 kasi unril now wala pa decision.

    Nakakakaba tuloy.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Bajo, according to the CIC website, the average processing time for Philippines is 13 days, so normal pa rin naman ‘yung sayo. You can wait a few more days before panicking hehe.

    • Krish says:

      Hello! My mom, sister and I are planning to apply for canadian visa by the end of august. I read all the comments in this blog na if I register for one GCkey account pwede na din iupload ung application ng kapatid at mama ko? I hope you’ll answer. Thank you in advance 🙂

  74. Je says:

    Hello, would like to ask if there is a personal interview for a visitor visa? Kase parang d kopo nabasa above, and is there any possibility that they’ll approved when i apply for a visitor visa, im a student po and will be visiting my boyfriend were in a relationship for 3 years and he visited me 4 times. Hope you can answer my questions. Thanks in advance ☺️

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Je, often, walang personal interview. Unless mag-ask sila talaga.

      Approval/denial is based on many, many, many factors. It’s hard to say without much info. But the short of it is, you need clear purpose of travel, strong ties in PH, financial stability, and travel history.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          According to their website, “If we refuse your application to come to Canada, you can apply again at any time, unless your decision letter says you can’t. You should only apply again if you can include information that you didn’t include before.”

          • Je says:

            Awwww, Thank you so much , your reply is very helpful po, God Bless you po.

          • Je says:

            I hope meron po kayong alan na agency to recommend us for applying it . Or if we use po pa agency if ever mas easy po ba ang process?

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            We haven’t tried hiring an agency for Canadian visa processing. Our go-to agency is Gazelle Travel and Tours pero we tap their services only for flight reservation (for visa) and insurance. We also enlisted their help with our Schengen visa application before, but not for Canadian visa.

            Easier or faster ba pag may agency? Hindi. Same lang. But they can guide you kung complicated ang case and they can provide other docs nga like flight reservation.

  75. Jasmin says:

    Hi,

    Your blog really helped me in applying for Canada Visa. Very detailed and informative and easy to follow. Mga questions ko, dito sa blog mo nasagot.

    I was granted 10 year ME VISA (til passport expiry).

    Thank you again!

  76. JAR143 says:

    Hi,

    Yung 3-5 days po ba na processing time for VISA stamping is working days or including weekend?
    I submitted my passport July 30th, then validated na the next day. I was hoping na ready for pick up na sya by Thursday or Friday.

    May travel po kasi ako ng August 4.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi, ang alam ko, working days. Pero di ko sure kasi I got mine after 3 working days (5 including weekend), so hindi ko malaman kung paano nila kinount.

  77. Kris says:

    HI Yoske,

    im so nervous right now haha.

    Submitted all my docs including DTI for my business, Bank Cert, Car ORCR, Employment Cert, invitation letter from my 1st cousin working for Scotiabank and staying in Vancouver since 1997 saying she will be shouldering accommodation and living expenses .

    A few more days before i get the decision. What do you think are my chances of getting approved?

    PS your blog is very helpful. Thanks 🙂

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks, Kris! Hirap masabi. Depende kasi yan sa napakaraming factors. But good luck!!! Sana maapprove!

  78. Jen says:

    Hi,

    Question, would you see it in your account if the process has already started? Like makikita ko ba kung nagstart na yung Review of Eligibility? Kasi it’s been 16 days and Submitted pa rin yung nakalagay na status sa CIC account ko. 🙁

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jen, if I remember correctly, yes, mag-uupdate ung CIC account mo kapag may progress. You’ll also get email notifications pag may update or may message sa CIC account mo.

  79. Mikae says:

    Hi! Planning to go to Canada by January 2019. My Brod invited me to visit them and he will shoulder all the expenses. I’ll will apply by sept-oct for the visa. How abt the flight tickets do I need to reserve it? Or will buy once visa is approve. Upon checking tickets reservations is only 24hrs.

  80. Benedicta R. Aguirre says:

    Hello,

    My Canada tourist visa will expire on October 2018. Please assist on how to renew the said visa. I have read I need to apply as I’m doing it the first time. Is it true?

  81. Nora says:

    Hi. Ur info helps a lot but may i ask u any about my situation. I am to apply a visa to canada to file an insurance claim of a dead person we r not related by blood she us my Godmother by heart we r for us two we r like a mother and daughter she made me her benificiary what documents should i hav to submit then aside from the death cert and th docs from insurance company. In more details i am a single parent and just a part time worker..no any high value assets to present.. How possibly i can v given a visit visa

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Nora, I have no idea, sorry. 🙁 It would be best to consult a travel agency for they might have had a similar case.

      • Nora says:

        Thanks so mich ivreally appreciate ur quick reply..but may i ask f u can suggest any agency mahirap kz mafake. I hope u undestand..thanks God bless

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Nora, we rarely consult agencies for visa eh (unless mandatory). We once asked for help from Gazelle Travel and Tours for our Schengen visa. (Schengen yun, hindi Canada.) Okay naman ang experience namin sa kanila, naging go-to agency na namin sila pag may kelangan kami from an agency (like flight reservation, etc.). They’re registered and DOT-accredited.

  82. Jes says:

    Hello, would like to ask if what document to submit ba? I’m still a student planning to visit Canada in December. My boyfriend will be the one to cover my expenses. Do I still need to submit a bank statement or certificate? And does the school needs to write a letter for me too?
    Hope you can answer my questions. Thanks in advance ☺️

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jes, it will increase your chances of approval if you could provide bank cert and statement with sufficient funds, even if sponsored yung trip.

      – If you’re a student: you must also submit proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees.
      – If someone else is funding your trip: also submit a letter from the person or institution providing you with money.

  83. Igie says:

    Hello po! Kailangan pa po bang mag fingerprints and photo (biometrics) in person o pwd po ba ang online? Salamat po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Igie, hindi naman ako kinunan ng biometrics at any time during the application.

  84. mervic says:

    hi po! tanong ko lang sana pano kung wala kang itr..hindi kasi kalakihan ung business na pinapasukan ko….ok lang bah kung certificate employee lang ipapasa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mervic, yes, like we said in the article above, it’s ANY or ALL. in theory, you can submit just one item per document type. However, if you want better chances of approval, we strongly recommend submitting everything that you can provide.

  85. ces says:

    Hello po, tanong ko lang paano kung may friend ako dun sa Canada tho canadian na po sya pero currently wala po syang work kasi katatapos lang nya sa course nya last week pero willing syang gumawa ng invitation letter. Pwede po bang instead na mag book ako ng hotel pwede ko bang ilagay yung adress nya? kasi dun din naman ako magsstay. First time ko magtravel overseas. malaki po ba chance na ma grant kahit wala pa syang work dun pero may sarili naman syang apartment? Thank you po

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, pwede sya gumawa ng invitation letter if dun sya nakatira. Pwede ka rin magstay sa kanya. You will need to submit a copy of their citizen card.

      Pero note na mahihirapan ma-approve if first time mo magtravel abroad kasi travel history is part of the requirements.

  86. Cherish says:

    Hi! Question lang po, if my husband is working overseas (SG) and me and my son here in the philippines pano kayo application process since sya ang principal na mgaapply?
    And may nwala ako isang passport which is madami din stamps, pwde ko kaya skip na ung passport na un or need kpa ipatrace sa DFA since they have a copy of my old passport and stamps.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Cherish, naku, di ko alam if makakaapekto ung magkaiba kayo ng country of residence. Pero I think pwede naman since pare-pareho naman kayo ng nationality. I think same pa rin ang process.

      If kaya mo makuha yung past copies ng stamps mo, okay yun. If wala, pwede mong iexplain un sa isang letter and samahan mo ng Affidavit of Loss, if may kopya ka pa nun.

  87. Bea says:

    Hi! question po may nabasa po ako sa taas na may question sila kung meron family member sa Canada. Meron po akong Uncle dun nagwowork kapatid ng Mother ko pero hindi ko siya sponsor sa trip or hindi ako hihingi ng invitation letter sa kanya kasi ang plan ko sarili kung expense yung trip ko. Kelangan pa bang ilagay siya sa form or any ?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Bea, hindi ko na matandaan lahat ng fields sa form, pero if merong field na nag-aask if meron kang non-immediate family member sa Canada, kelangan mo ilagay. if wala naman, wag mo ilagay.

      If hindi naman sya yung inviter, hindi sya sponsor, and hindi ka naman sa kanya magse-stay, di naman kailangang ilagay sa contact person mo in canada.

  88. Chris says:

    Thanks for the very informative writeup here. You are correct with the dates, usually its just 11 days to process. My husband applied 2 years ago and it took him 2 weeks to get his passport with the Canada Visa already. Just last August 8 I applied for our family (with a toddler), but I only saw that our visa was approved yesterday! And I had to check the online status daily because they wont email you the status.

    Wow, that’s 26 days! I gave our passports today at VFS, and if I follow your processing time, I would get my passports by Sept 10 (+6 days). So in total that’s 31 days! And our flight is Sept 16! That’s double the time of 14 days.

    So you are correct to apply at least 3 months before to save you the worry of delays.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks for sharing, Chris! Yeah, best is 3 months in advance. I know someone who waited for over a month too!

  89. achie says:

    Hi There’ just want to ask if i already have an account with the GCkey but i did not remember since it’s been 2 months already when i created., Do i need to create another one? im planning to continue my requirements.

  90. leen says:

    Hi! i’ll be applying through online but medyo nalilito po ako dun sa mga instructions. Regarding po dun sa mga Forms, need kasi ng mga signature. Ano po yung ginawa nyo dun? Did you print it out then signed and scanned it? or hindi nyo na nilagay yung signature nyo or kahit name nyo? Thank you po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Leen,

      You don’t need to print it out or sign it. Fill out the forms electronically and leave the signature field blank. You will be providing your electronic signature later in the process.

      Once you have completed the requirements and submitted your application, you will be prompted for an electronic signature. You don’t need to scan your signature or anything. You simply have to enter your full name. That’s your electronic signature. Just type your name.

    • Rish says:

      Hi Leen can i have your email address? Im also planning to apply din kasi. If pwede magtulungan tayo sa application process.. Hahaha This is my first time to apply a visa since I only travelled asian countries without necessary visa.. Nalilito din kasi talaga ako. =(

    • rish says:

      Hi Leen naka pag apply kana? Any update? Kung pwede mo ako help sa ginawa mong step by step hehe First time ko kasi mag apply ng Visa. Can i have your email?
      Thank you so much!

  91. Rish says:

    Hi Again Sir,

    Everyday ko po bini-VIsit tong site niyo. Sobrang naguguluhan po kasi ako dahil nandito ako ngayon sa Singapore na nag wowork. Iba po ang mga magiging requirements ko dahil ang system ang employment ko dito is very different diyan sa PInas. And nag try nadin po kasi ako sa Gazelle if they can assist me, unfortunately they told me na they can’t because im living outside the Philippines. So ngayon po, if you can help me.. Please… to send me the type of documents na naisend niyo po kahit samples lang po hindi yung actual documents kasi alam ko na thats private. Let’s sa travel history ano ano documents na dapat nandun sa file na yun, tsaka mga ibang documents ano ano ang magkakasama sa isang file. Please sir, I need assistance. =( Thank you in advance sana po mabasa niyo to Sir! God bless you always Sir!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rish, di ko actually gets kung saan ka naguguluhan sa requirements kasi straightforward naman sya. Yung mga sinubmit ko na docs, basically lahat nung nilista ko sa taas na for employed.

      Sa Proof of Purpose of Travel, I submitted all of these:
      – flight reservation departing Canada (return or onward ticket)
      – your travel itinerary
      – hotel booking

      Sa Travel History, I submitted:
      – copy of info page of previous passports used within the last 10 years
      – copy of all expired and valid visas
      – copy of all entrance and exit stamps

      Sa Proof of Means of Financial Support, I submitted:
      – Bank statement for the past 4 months
      – a Certificate of Employment
      – Income Tax Returns (ITR)
      – land titles

      Basically, yan din yung mga nilista ko sa taas. Bawat isang category, isang file.

      I have a feeling na hindi mo sya nabasa kasi you also missed yung tungkol sa signature field kahit na 3x ko sya minention sa post sa taas, in boldface pa. 😛

      • Rish says:

        Sir, one more thing, nag book po kasi ako ng japan trip after po sana ng canada trip ko sa january. Pero po kasi hindi pa ko nag apply ng Visa ko for japan because sabi po 3 months lang ang validity upon approval so balak ko palang po mag apply ng japan visa mga bandang november. inuuna ko lang po muna tong sa Canada visa ko. Is it okay po kaya na include ko sa cover letter ko and attached ko din yung confirmed return tickets ko?Thank you so so much again Sir!

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Rish, not sure if it’s a good idea. Pero I think pwede naman kasi it shows na may balak kang bumalik.

  92. Krisha says:

    Hello po!!

    Can you suggest a 3 day itinerary to Vancouver canada? What places to visit? Thank you

      • krishia says:

        I will be applying today but regarding the last question in the application form, “do you consent to be contacted by CIC”? should i answer yes?

          • Krish says:

            Kuya ,

            Pag inuupload ko ung form imm5645 ung preview di ko makita ung file. Lumalabas ung please wait… ganun ba tlga un? Pag finill up lang un using adobe hindi mawawala ung mga ittype ko pag sinave na? Sorry po dami tanong

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