Letter of Invitation for a Canadian Visa

November 9, 2015 | Published by

Some visitors to Canada are required to provide Canadian Immigration with a letter of invitation in order to obtain a Canadian Visa. Someone who resides in Canada must write this letter of invitation and the letter must be truthful and provided in good faith (sincere and with honest intent).

After you have written the letter, you must have it notarized by a lawyer or notary public. The letter must then be sent to the person you are inviting to Canada. The person must then send the letter to the Canadian consulate or embassy outside of Canada when he or she applies for the visa.

What should the letter include?

The following is the information that you must provide about the person you are inviting to Canada:

  1. Complete name;
  2. Date of birth;
  3. Address and telephone number;
  4. Your relationship to that person;
  5. The purpose of the person’s trip;
  6. How long the person intends to stay in Canada;
  7. Where the person will stay and how that person will pay for things; and
  8. When the person intends to leave Canada.

The following is the information that you must include about yourself: 

  1. Your complete name;
  2. Your date of birth;
  3. Your address and telephone number in Canada;
  4. Your job title;
  5. Whether you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  6. A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada, such as:
    1. A Canadian birth certificate if you were born in Canada;
    2. A Canadian citizenship card, if you are a naturalized citizen; or
    3. A copy of your permanent residency card or your IMM 1000 proof of landing if you are a permanent resident;
  7. Details of your family, such as names and dates of birth of your spouse and dependents; and
  8. The total number of people living in your household, including people you sponsored whose sponsorship is still in effect.

If you need to have your letter of invitation to Canada notarized, please contact Vancouver Downtown Notary at 778-819-8553 or email us at [email protected].

You can find more information at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/letter.asp