Notarized Invitation Letter for Family Members, Relatives or Friends to Visit Canada

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What is an Invitation Letter for Canada Visa?

An invitation letter for Canada Visa is a signed letter from a resident in Canada requesting the Canadian Consulate (embassy) to grant the invited person Visa to visit Canada. The person invited could be a friend, family member, or business associate, but the underlying factors are that the invited person must be someone with whom you have a close relationship; someone who can confirm your identity and reason for visiting Canada. The letter is also an assurance that the invited person is not lying about his/her intentions to visit Canada, and that they will leave Canada as at and when due.

There are several reasons you may want to invite your family, relatives, and close pals to visit you in Canada, and this may range from visitation to felicitate on your convocation to visitation during the festive period. This type of visit is usually and mostly temporal. The steps you must take and how All-Canada Notary can be of immense help to your process will be concisely highlighted and discoursed.

Who Needs an Invitation Letter to Visit Canada?

Visitors or invited persons visiting Canada do not need an invitation letter to obtain a visa. Notwithstanding the foregoing, while the majority of these applications do not require one, an invitation letter accompanying your visa application will improve your chances of being allowed to visit Canada.  A letter of invitation does not guarantee that a visa will be issued. 

Should Canada invitation letter be notarized?

It is recommended and some visa offices may require that your letter of invitation be notarized by a Notary Public. Check with the visa office that will be processing the application to find out the requirements.

Who can write an Invitation Letter for Canada Visa?

A visa invitation letter can be written by someone you are familiar with. It could be your parent, sibling, spouse, child, close friend, or business partner. Essentially, the individual writing the invitation letter must be a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen. You cannot be invited by an illegal immigrant or a person who does not have legal status in Canada. To improve the potency of the letter at the Canadian Consulate, you must have a good standing status as well as a job and a source of income.

What Should a Canada Visitor Visa Invitation Letter Contain?

There are three categories of information that must be contained in the Visa Invitation Letter:

  • Information about the visa applicant:

    • The full name (first name and last name);
    • Date of birth;
    • Contact information (telephone number and email);
    • Exact address;
    • The relationship that the applicant has with the person inviting them;
    • The purpose of the visit to Canada;
    • The duration of the visit;
    • Where the applicant will stay in Canada and how they will pay for their stay;
    • The date when the person will arrive in Canada and the date they will leave.
  • The information of the person inviting the applicant

    • The full name (first name and last name);
    • Date of birth;
    • Contact information (telephone number and email);
    • Exact address in Canada;
    • Status in Canada (copy of such proof)
    • Job title;
    • Names and dates of birth of close family members and dependents;
    • The total number of people that live in your household.
  • The Super Visa

This is a visa that allows parents and grandparents to spend more than six months with their children or grandkids. Because this visa has a longer period than other Temporary Resident Visas, the letter must include extra information in addition to the one listed above to wit:

    • A written and signed statement that you will financially assist the visitor throughout their time in Canada;
    • Evidence of sufficient income for dependents including visiting parents or grandparents.

Can I apply for Canada tourist visa without invitation letter?

Yes, you can apply for a Canada tourist visa without an invitation letter. An invitation letter is not a mandatory requirement for a Canadian tourist visa application. However, it can be helpful in demonstrating the purpose and duration of your visit to Canada.

Can I send invitation letter by email

Yes, you can send an invitation letter by email for a Canada visa.

How can All-Canada Notary help with your invitation letter?

All-Canada Notary can help you notarize your Invitation Letter, and the interesting part is that they operate a physical and virtual/online notary service -this conveniently rules out the need to undergo the rigors of physical notarization. All-Canada Notary can help you get your invitation letter notarized in the comfort of your home or office.