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

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.

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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 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.
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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:
  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:

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

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

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

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!

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?

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 2 years (until the end of my passport’s validity).

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.

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 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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  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. 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:

    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:


    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.


    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.


        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 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.

  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

  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:


    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?

  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. 😛

  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.


  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 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:


    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

    • 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. 🙂

  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:


    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.

    • 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! 🙂

  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?


    • 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!!!

  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.

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