How to Write a Visa Invitation Letter
Writing an invitation letter for visa can be a little bit confusing because of all the details that are required. When I wrote my first invitation letter a couple of years ago, I did not have a clue about what should be on it. So I went to the Canada Immigration website and I found a guide. You can find the guide here – Invitation letter guide from Immigration Canada. Writing an Invitation Letter is just one piece of the Puzzle, your guest may need help with Visa Application or Interview.
In summary the following should be on the invitation letter. Please take note that if your parents or grandparents are applying for the new Canadian super visa, you will need a similar letter. However you may mention that proof of financial eligibility is attached.
Your letter must include the following information about the person being invited:
* Complete name.
* Date of birth.
* The person’s address and telephone number.
* Your relationship to the person being invited.
* The purpose of the trip.
* How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in Canada.
* Details on accommodation and living expenses.
* The date the person you are inviting intends to leave Canada.
Your letter must also include the following information about the person writing the letter:
* Complete name.
* Date of birth.
* Address and telephone number in Canada.
* Whether you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
* A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada. For instance, a Canadian birth certificate if you were born in Canada or a Canadian citizenship card if you are a naturalized citizen. If you are Permanent Resident, you must send proof of your permanent resident status (a copy of your PR card or your IMM 1000 proof of landing).
Sample Invitation Letter
Below is a sample invitation letter. The names on it are fictitious but this format has been used and visas have been issued using this format. There are other formats that can be used. The most important thing is for the information required to be on it.
March 27th, 2009
To whom it may concern,
This is to certify that John Smith will be visiting me in Ottawa, Canada from June 1st 2009 to September 15st 2009. John has been a close personal friend of mine for 5 years and will be staying at my home for the duration of his stay.
234 Lachine Ave, Ottawa, Ontario. H4X 1R4. Canada
I am a Canadian Citizen
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Name: Mr John Smith
Address:.1 Progress Street, Accra, Ghana.
Date of Birth – May 12, 1976
Do not forget to send a scanned copy of your passport or permanent resident card. If you are able to notarize the letter, it will be fine. Personally I have not notarized any of my letters and visas have been issued. Also don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Visa Interview or Application Kit.
Although citizens of many countries need visas to get into Canada, these are the countries where most request have come: Nigeria, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Ghana and Singapore. Of these countries, Nigeria and Philippines rank the highest. It is possible that because of the great demand for visas from Nigeria and the philippines the immigration officers are more vigilant and in some cases, special processes have been put in place to make sure that applications from Lagos (Nigeria), Abuja (Nigeria), Manila (Philippines) or India are dealt with appropriately. If you are from Nigeria or the Philippines and you are reading this page, simply send this link to the person writing your invitation letter. Alternatively you can write the letter and send it to them to add their information and signature. I wish you the best in your application.