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February 19, 2023

A Nigerian’s Guide to Applying for a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa

A temporary resident visa, also known as a visitor visa, is required for individuals who wish to visit Canada for a temporary purpose such as tourism, visiting family and friends, or attending a conference. As a Nigerian citizen, if you wish to apply for a temporary resident visa, there are certain requirements and steps that must be followed.


Gather the required documents: These include a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, proof of financial support, and a letter of invitation from a Canadian host (if applicable).


Complete the application form: You can complete the application form online or by paper. It is important to answer all questions truthfully and provide all required information.


Pay the application fee: The fee must be paid at the time of submitting the application.


Provide biometrics: As of July 31, 2018, citizens of Nigeria are required to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) as part of the temporary resident visa application process. This can be done at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Nigeria.


Attend an interview (if required): Some applicants may be required to attend an interview with a visa officer. During the interview, the visa officer will assess the applicant’s qualifications and determine if they meet the requirements for a temporary resident visa.


Wait for a decision: Processing times for temporary resident visa applications vary. It’s important to check the processing times for your country of citizenship on the Government of Canada’s website.


It’s important to note that a temporary resident visa does not guarantee entry into Canada. A Canadian border services officer will make the final decision on whether the individual is allowed to enter Canada. Factors such as the individual’s intended length of stay, their ties to their home country, and their ability to support themselves financially will be considered.


At Empire Fly, our team of experienced immigration consultants can assist Nigerian citizens in understanding the requirements and process of applying for a temporary resident visa and ensure they have all the necessary documents to increase the chances of success. We can also help with understanding the biometric process and provide guidance on how to proceed, whether it’s through an appeal or seeking relief from a denied application.


In conclusion, applying for a temporary resident visa is a step by step process and requires certain requirements to be met. With the help of Empire Fly, Nigerian citizens can increase their chances of success and ensure they have a smooth process while applying for a Temporary Resident Visa.