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Canadian Visas – New Procedures! May 30, 2012

 Canadian Visas – New Procedures!

*Starting June 01, 2012 the Canadian Visa Office in Seattle will NOT take in-person visa applications*

  • Applications must be submitted ONLY by mail or courier (UPS, DHL, etc.)
  • All processed applications will be returned to applicants by mail only.
  • The visa office in Seattle will not return your documents using courier services.
  • Applications will take at least 6 weeks, so you must plan your trips to Canada much further in advance. You may want to apply at least 2 months in advance of your planned trip, to make sure you get the visa and passport returned to you in time for travel.

A few tips for applying for Canadian visas: 

  • Get a WA ID card before applying for the Canadian visa, because during the 6-week processing time you will not have your passport.
  • Consider applying for multiple-entry visas to save money.
    • Single entry: $75.
    • Multiple entry: $150, good for up to 5 years (so might be given less time) or until passport expires.
  • Pay careful attention to all the requirements, for example:
    • You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of a specific size (see the website).

*Citizens of certain countries do NOT need a visa to visit Canada as a tourist.

To see a complete list of countries whose citizens DO require visas, please see the Canadian Consulate website here:


One Response to “Canadian Visas – New Procedures!”

  1. canada visa Says:

    Thanks for the update about new procedures and giving a link of a really beneficial site.

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