Apply for Canada tourist visa from Saudi Arabia

Due to the financial crisis in KSA, everyone is interested to know the requirements to apply for a tourist or visit visa of Canada from Saudi Arabia. In this article, we have explained in detail how to apply for a Canada Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia.

Do you need a Tourist Visa to enter Canada?

The government of Canada has given visa-free access to many countries. Before stepping forward, you should check if you are required to apply for a Canada Visit Visa or you can get visa-free entry to Canada. You can check this from this link.

The citizens of all the following nationalities need to fulfill the requirements to apply for a visit visa of Canada from Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • The Philippines
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt

Application forms for a Canada Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia

The prime requirement to apply for a tourist visa of Canada from Saudi Arabia is to fill the following three application forms. Make sure you read the instructions provided below thoroughly to avoid any confusion in filling the required information.

  1. IMM5257 form to Apply for a Canada Tourist Visa

The first step to applying for a Canada Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia is to fill an IMM5257 application form. This is an application form for tourist visa or temporary resident visa. You need your passport, national identity card, and the US green card to fill IMM5257 form.

In addition to that, you will have to provide your complete address, employment details and medical details in Saudi Arabia to fill the IMM5257 application form.

You need to fill the IMM5257 application form for each and every applicant who is applying for the visit visa to Canada from KSA. The form must be completed on a computer and printed. You can download the IMM5257 form this link.

  1. IMM5707 form to Apply for a Canada Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia

The second form which you need to fill to apply for a Canada Tourist Visa from Saudi Arabia is an IMM5707 application form. IMM5707 form must be filled by only those applicants who are adults. A minor needs to fill this form only if he is traveling alone.

In the IMM5707 form, you need to provide the marital status, date of birth, country of birth, present address and present occupation of yourself, your spouse, your parents, and all your children.

You can also check your travel history from the MOI account. However, the travel history of the dependents of expatriates is not available in the MOI account.

You need to fill details of all your family members in this form even if they are not applying for a Canada visit visa. The IMM5707 form can be downloaded from this link.

  1. IMM5257B form to Apply for a Canada Tourist Visa from Saudi Arabia

The third form which you need to fill to apply for a Canada Visit Visa is an IMM5257B application form. IMM5257B form must be filled by those applicants who want to show their traveling history. In my opinion, all the applicants who have a good traveling history must fill this form.

In this way, you can demonstrate that you are a regular traveler and it will increase your chances of getting a Canada tourist Visa. You need to fill month, year, country, location and purpose of travel in the IMM5257B form.

Every adult applicant should fill this form to apply for a Canada Visit Visa. The IMM5257B form can be downloaded from this link.

VFS Appointment to Apply for a Canada Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia

After filling these applications, you need to book an appointment with either VFS Jeddah, VFS Riyadh or VFS Khobar for biometrics as well as to submit these documents to the VFS center.

Although it is written on their website that scheduling an appointment is only optional, however, I would still recommend you to do so. You can book VFS Appointment to Apply for a Canada tourist Visa from KSA from this link.

Canada tourist visa requirements from Saudi Arabia

You need to fulfill all the below-mentioned requirements to apply for a Canada tourist visa from Saudi Arabia. The requirements may vary from case to case but we have tried to provide a comprehensive list here.

  1. Valid Passport

It goes without saying that you need to submit a valid passport to apply for a Canada tourist Visa.

The minimum validity of the passport must be six months. However, I would recommend you to apply with the maximum validity of the passport as the Canadian Embassy stamps the visa up to the validity of the passport. It means that if your passport is valid for the next 10 years, you will get a 10-year visa.

  1. Bank Statement for Canada Visit Visa

A bank statement is one of the most important requirements to apply for a tourist visa for Canada from Saudi Arabia. It is better to attach the bank statement of the previous 3 months irrespective of the case you are going there for a recreational purpose or business tour.

If the balance of your bank statement is CAD15,000 maintained throughout the period of 3 months, you are more likely to get the Canadian tourist Visa.

  1. Letter of Introduction from the Employer

A letter of introduction is a compulsory requirement to apply for a tourist visa for Canada from Saudi Arabia. You also need to get a letter from your sponsor in Saudi Arabia addressed to the Canadian Consulate or the Canadian Embassy as the case may be, stating your full salary and designation in the company. This letter needs to be stamped by the Chamber of Commerce of Saudi Arabia.

If you are an expatriate drawing more than SR 12,000 per month, there are more chances of your Canada Visa to be endorsed by the embassy. Recommended: Sample Introduction Letter for Visa Processing in Saudi Arabia

  1. Letter of Invitation

If you are going on a business tour, you need to get a letter of invitation from the company you are going to visit. This letter of invitation should explicitly state the name of the person who will bear the cost of traveling and accommodation in Canada.

The invitation letter should mention the names and passport number and relationship of the invitees. They will also have to provide a copy of their legal status in Canada such as passport, temporary residency card or permanent residency card.

  1. Hotel Booking

Hotel Booking is not a requirement to apply for a tourist visa for Canada from Saudi Arabia if you are going to stay with any of your relatives. Otherwise, you need a confirmed booking to apply for a Canada visa. The booking made through Agoda.com is considered confirmed by Canadian authorities.

  1. Canada Tourist Visa fee in Saudi Arabia

You can either pay the Canada Visit Visa fee online or pay it at the time you go to VFS Center in Saudi Arabia for biometrics. The fee for Canada tourist Visa in Saudi Arabia is SR 555. Actually, the fee to apply for Canada Visit Visa is CAD 100 i.e. SR 300 and the fee for biometrics is CAD85 i.e. SR 255. The biometric fee for a family of two or more is CAD 170 i.e. SR 510.

  1. Iqama and Exit Re-Entry Visa

Non-Saudi Nationals are required to submit a copy of Iqama and the copy of Exit Re-Entry Visa to apply for Canada tourist Visa from KSA.

  1. Flight Booking

Although it is officially not required to submit the copy of flight booking along with your Canada Visit Visa application, it is better to attach as many documents as possible to support your case.

  1. Previous Canadian or the US Visa

If you have traveled to either Canada or the USA in the last 10 years or have a US Visa on your passport, your application will be treated as a CAN+ application. It means that you will be given preferential treatment and the response time of your application will also be very fast.

Make sure you submit the passport on which the US visa is stamped or the passport on which exit and entry to the US or Canada are stamped.

Although it is written on the Canadian government website that you are not required to provide any bank statement if you have a US visa, I still encourage you to provide a bank statement to strengthen your case.

Canada Visit Visa Processing Time

The VFS office tells every applicant that the processing time for Canada Visit Visa in Saudi Arabia is 40 days. However, it takes around 3 weeks to process the Canada Visit Visa application from Saudi Arabia. However, if you are a CAN+ applicant, you can expect the visa within one week.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.