How to Apply For A Canada Tourist Visa with Your Philippines Passport (2023)

Plan your next Canada trip! Here’s our guide for Filipinos about applying for Canada tourist visa. Enjoy a vacation in this wonderful country.

A lot of Filipinos dream is to go to Canada. Not only to work but also to travel. And we’re not surprised about that! With the country’s beautiful lakes and landscapes, who wouldn’t want to go here?

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However, going here requires Filipinos to provide a tourist visa. But the good thing is, that’s possible in the comfort of your own home. Yes! You can do everything online. But that doesn’t guarantee your visa approval. You have to complete all your requirements and provide enough proof of your financial capability and a strong tie to the Philippines. But don’t worry as we have a guide for you that can help you apply for a tourist visa to Canada.

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Quick Facts about Canada

  • Canada is the world’s second-largest country.
  • Over half of Canada’s residents have degrees making it the ‘World’s Most Educated Country’.
  • In 1947, Canada had its lowest recorded temperature of -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-63 C).
  • The word “Canada” is an Iroquoian language that means “Village”.
  • Canada has the most lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.

When and Where to Get Canada Tourist Visa

The visa application for Canada can be done online or personally through the various visa application centers in:

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

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Manila: Canada Visa Application Centre, VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc., Mezzanine Floor Ecoplaza Bldg., Chino Roces Ave Ext., Makati City.

In this article, we’ll focus more on the online process. If you still prefer to do it personally, please refer to the VFS Global Page.

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Main requirements in applying for Canada Tourist Visa

  • Valid Passport. Must have at least one-year remaining validity. Scan the bio-page;
  • Completed Form IMM5257. This is the Application for Visitor Visa Form. Fill out the items digitally and truthfully. (This only works on latest Adobe Reader version);
  • Completed Form 5645. This requires your Family Information. It must be filled out digitally as well. (This only works on Adobe Reader 8 or higher version);
  • 2 recent passport size photos (35mm x 45mm). It must be taken within the last 6 months. See complete photo specifications here;

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  • Proof of income/financial capacity. (Bank Certificate/ Bank Statement for the last 4 months).
  • Affidavit of Support. Only applicable if somebody else is sponsoring your trip. Also, attach his/her proof of financial capacity;
  • Travel history. A scanned copy of your visas (valid or expired) and your entry/exit stamps. Make sure to just put everything in 1 file;
  • Purpose of Travel. Your flight reservation, hotel reservations, and daily itinerary.

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Supporting Documents for Canada Tourist Visa

For employees, self-employed, and digital nomads

  • Certificate of Employment and Income Tax Return

For students

  • School Records such as Enrollment Receipt/Certificate.

For Business owners

  • Business Permits

Others

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Step-by-Step Guide for Pre-Visa Application

STEP 1: Prepare all the required documents stated above and scan them in the PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, DOC, DOCX format. Make sure that they’re in 1 file.

STEP 2: Create your CIC Account — this is where you can apply, upload your documents, pay for visa fees, and track your application status.

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STEP 3: Upload all the required documents. Make sure they’re complete.

STEP 4: Put your complete name in the Electronic Signature section. (That’s considered as your signature)

STEP 5: Pay the visa fee of 100 CAD online using your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card.

STEP 6: Just wait for updates. When a consul opens your application, you will receive an email saying that ‘your application has been updated.’ Wait for the final decision.

STEP 7:Do your biometrics then submit. Here’s our guide for the Canadian Visa Biometrics.

STEP 8: If you receive an email saying that your visa has been denied, then we can’t do anything about that. If, however, it has been approved, just submit your passport and a copy of the Passport Request that was sent to your CIC account to VFS Global in Makati/Cebu. Pay the required fees, and you’ll receive your visa in a few days!

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Visa Processing Fee for Canada Tourist Visa

100 CAD for the processing fee. If your visa got approved, you need to pay VFS their fee of PHP 543.15 and Courier Fee of PHP 293.95. You can choose to pick-up your passport too.

Processing time: 10-14 days or sometimes even a month.

Canadian Embassy in the Philippines

Embassy of Canada in the Philippines
Address: Level 6-8, RCBC Plaza Tower 2 1200, 6819 Ayala Ave, Makati, 1227 Metro Manila
Contact number:(02) 8857 9000
Office hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the best time to apply for a visa?

We strongly advise you to apply for a visa at least 2 months before your intended trip as the process can take up to a month.

2. How much money should I have in my bank account?

There is no clear answer to that. However, People say that 200 CAD/day of stay is more than sufficient. But make sure you have enough to cover your accommodation and flight expenses as well. Read our guide about show money for visa application.

3. Is there a limit to the file size that is to be uploaded?

Yes. Your file should not exceed 4MB.

4. I have a valid U.S. Visa. Do I still need to apply for a Visit Visa to Canada?

Yes, most travelers need a visitor visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to travel to, or transit through Canada.

5. I forgot to attach a document to my application. Can I send them after I have already submitted my application?

No, unless they asked you for it which is rare. This is why you need to go through your documents and make sure that they’re complete.

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6. How long can I stay in Canada?

Most visitors are allowed to stay in Canada for 6 months. However, you may also be allowed to stay for less than this period. This is indicated on your visa.

7. Is it possible for my authorized length of stay to be extended?

Yes. If you wish to stay longer, you can apply for an extension at least 30 days before the authorized end of your stay.

8. Do I need to have travel insurance?

Though Canada is perfectly a safe country, we still recommend you to get insurance. We don’t know what will happen during your trip. Having one is advisable!

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FAQs

How can a Filipino apply for tourist visa in Canada? ›

Visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) website for detailed guidelines. You can also apply online, by filling out the visa application form. Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre.

How long does it take to get a visitor visa to Canada from Philippines? ›

The processing time for a Canada tourist visa is 15 days, if your documentation is done properly. A business visa takes 1 to 6 weeks of processing time. A temporary resident visa application takes 16-20 days to be processed.

How much is tourist visa to Canada from Philippines? ›

Payment of Visa Fee of CAD$43.50 for single entry valid for three (3) months, CAD$87.00 for multiple entry six (6) months or CAD$130.50 for multiple entry valid for one (1) year.

Can a Filipino tourist travel in Canada? ›

To apply for a visa as a Filipino visiting Canada, simply go to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website and download the following forms: The application form itself. The instruction sheet for filling out the application. The personal information form.

Can I get Canada tourist visa easily? ›

Step 1 - Applying for a tourist visa online for Canada is easy and best, you get all these benefits: No courier fees or mail delivery time –you can submit your application instantly. Online applications are processed more quickly.

Is it easy to get Canada tourist visa? ›

The Canada Visit Visa is a straightforward visa application giving you the ability to visit Canada for a period of up to 6 months. Single entry visas and multiple entry visas are the two types of Canada visas available in Canada. Foreign nationals can only enter Canada once with a single-entry visa.

How much money do I need to show for Canada tourist visa? ›

Funds Needed for a Canada Tourist Visa

per month for their monthly expenses, and if an applicant is coming for tourism, then 2,000 CAD (INR 1,22,805 approx.) for 30 days per person is enough.

How much is Canada tourist visa fee? ›

Visitor Visa Processing Fees
ApplicationProcessing fee in $ CAD
Visitor visa for single or multiple entries to Canada for a family of 5 or more (all family members must apply at the same time)$500
Extend a visitor visa$100 per person
Restore a visitor visa$200 per person
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How long is the waiting time for Canada tourist visa? ›

The visa fees, eligibility, visa requirements, and required documents. As an Indian national applying for a Canada tourist visa from India, the Canada tourist visa processing time is 155 days.

Do Filipinos need tourist visa to Canada? ›

Not only to work but also to travel. And we're not surprised about that! With the country's beautiful lakes and landscapes, who wouldn't want to go here? However, going here requires Filipinos to provide a tourist visa.

Is Canada open for Filipinos? ›

Travel is allowed with restrictions

The information on this page is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from the Philippines to Canada.

Can I bring my Filipino girlfriend to Canada? ›

This is an extremely common question that many of our clients ask us on a regular basis. A girlfriend, unfortunately, does not fall under the family class as a loved one and therefore cannot be sponsored for permanent resident status.

How much money can I bring to Canada from Philippines? ›

You must, however, report amounts of currency equal to or greater than CAN $10,000 or its equivalent in a foreign currency to the Canada Border Services Agency. These rules apply whether you are bringing the money into, or taking it out of Canada, or carrying the money with you or sending it by mail or by courier.

Why tourist visa gets rejected Canada? ›

Your application may be refused because: the official deciding your case has reason to believe you'll stay in Canada beyond your authorized stay. you're inadmissible to Canada.

How much bank balance is required for Canada? ›

How much money you'll need
Number of family membersFunds required (in Canadian dollars)
1$13,310
2$16,570
3$20,371
4$24,733
4 more rows
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Can I apply for Canada visitor visa without invitation letter? ›

An Invitation Letter is not mandatory when applying for a visitor's visa. In some cases, however, the government of Canada will request that you provide them with an Invitation Letter when you submit your application. If not asked by the government, you will not need an invitation letter.

Is there an interview for Canada tourist visa? ›

Is an interview required for a Canada visitor visa? Generally, when you apply for a Canadian tourist visa, you will not be required to attend an interview. Applicants or a representative of the applicant can submit all the required documents to the embassy/consulate when applying for a visa.

Can a friend sponsor me to Canada? ›

If your friend or family member wants to visit Canada, they must apply to the Canadian visa office responsible for his or her country or region. A visa officer will review the application and decide whether to issue a visa. You can help your friend or family member by writing a letter of invitation.

Is Canada visitor visa same as tourist visa? ›

Many people will wonder what is the difference between a tourist visa to Canada and a visitor visa to Canada. The answer is, nothing! They are the same thing just said two different ways.

Is return ticket mandatory for Canada visitor visa? ›

Canadian officials don't require you to have a return ticket when you enter Canada, but you may be asked to prove that you can buy one. This means showing your credit card or travellers' cheques. Some airlines may require that you buy a return ticket.

How many months does it take for Canadian visa to be approved? ›

After you have submitted your biometrics to the IRCC with your visa application it should take around 8 weeks to receive your valid visa.

What do you need to enter Canada as a tourist? ›

For all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode on or after October 1, 2022:
  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required.
  2. COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required.
  3. Quarantine after you enter Canada is not required.
  4. Using ArriveCAN is not required.

How can I apply for Canada visa online? ›

  1. Step 1: Get the documents that show you meet the criteria for a visitor visa. Check the list of documents based on your situation.
  2. Step 2: Apply online. Create an account. Upload your documents. ...
  3. Step 3: Give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Normally, you need to give biometrics.
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How long can Filipino tourist stay in Canada? ›

How long you can stay. Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they'll put the date you need to leave by in your passport.

Can I marry my girlfriend on a tourist visa Canada? ›

Yes, it is possible to get married in Canada as a visitor or on a temporary resident visa. You don't need to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

How do I sponsor someone for a tourist visa? ›

To sponsor a visitor, the supporter prepares Form I-134, Affidavit of Support. He or she must submit the I-134 affidavit, a letter of invitation, and supporting documents as evidence of their financial ability to bear the expenses of the trip.

How much cash can you bring to Canada as a tourist? ›

There are no restrictions on the amount of money you can bring into or take out of Canada, nor is it illegal to do so. However, any time you cross the border, you must declare any currency or monetary instruments you have in your possession that are valued at CAN$10,000 or more.

How can I show proof of funds for Canada immigration? ›

The students who immigrate to Canada to study also should show proof of funds in their bank account. They can prove their proof of funds through: Canadian bank account in their name, if they have transferred money to Canada. Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a Canadian financial institution.

How much can visitors to Canada bring? ›

You can claim goods worth up to CAN$800 without paying any duty and taxes. You must have the goods with you when you enter Canada. You can bring back up to 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of alcoholic beverages or up to 8.5 litres of beer.

How much money do I need to apply for tourist visa in Canada? ›

per month for their monthly expenses, and if an applicant is coming for tourism, then 2,000 CAD (INR 1,22,805 approx.) for 30 days per person is enough.

How much bank statement is required for Canada tourist visa? ›

If you are paying for your own trip, you must submit proof of sufficient funds to cover your travel and expenses in Canada. Provide the following: Original bank statements from your personal account for the past six months; • The last 6 months of pay slips.

What are the documents required for visiting visa to Canada? ›

your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country) entry and exit stamps. study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside your country.
...
  • name.
  • date of birth.
  • document number.
  • citizenship or residency status.
  • photo, and.
  • expiry date (if applicable)
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How many months does Canada give for tourist visa? ›

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada. At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they'll put the date you need to leave by in your passport.

How much money do I need in the bank to go to Canada? ›

How much money you'll need
Number of family membersFunds required (in Canadian dollars)
1$13,310
2$16,570
3$20,371
4$24,733
4 more rows
15 Jun 2022

Can I go to Canada without bank statement? ›

International Experience Canada participants who can't get a bank statement may show the following as proof of funds when they arrive at a Canadian port of entry: A letter on official letterhead from your banking institution, that: is issued no more than one (1) week before your departure for Canada.

How much money can a visitor bring to Canada? ›

There are no restrictions on the amount of money you can bring into or take out of Canada, nor is it illegal to do so. However, any time you cross the border, you must declare any currency or monetary instruments you have in your possession that are valued at CAN$10,000 or more.

Does Canada tourist visa require interview? ›

Is an interview required for a Canada visitor visa? Generally, when you apply for a Canadian tourist visa, you will not be required to attend an interview. Applicants or a representative of the applicant can submit all the required documents to the embassy/consulate when applying for a visa.

How much bank balance is required for visitor visa? ›

The amount of bank balance you should have for applying to the US tourist visa depends on the duration. If it is a 15-day trip, you must have $ 5,000-10,000 in your bank.

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