Sample Invitation letter for Canadian Visa

How to write an Invitation Letter for Canadian Visa

An invitation letter for Canadian Visa is simply a regular invitation letter that contains details of the invitee, that are relevant for visa applications. The invitation is one of the documents that a travel visa applicant will present during the application for a travel visa.

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.
* Occupation.
* 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 for Canadian Visa – Written for a close friend

This is a sample Invitation letter for Canadian visa written for a close friend. Use this sample to inspire the writing of your next Invitation Letter for visa.

 

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.

My address:
234 Lachine Ave, Ottawa, Ontario. H4X 1R4. Canada
Tel: 613-767-0987.
I am a Canadian Citizen

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

David Adidas

GUESTS:
Name: Mr John Smith
Address:.1 Progress Street, Accra, Ghana.
Date of Birth – May 12, 1976
Telephone: +233-803-217-3333
Relationship: Friend.


Sample Invitation Letter for Canadian Visa written for Parents

A sample invitation letter written to invite parents to visit Canada. The sample invitation letter is written by a son who works in Canada.

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.

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.

Writing an Invitation Letter is just one piece of the puzzle, your guest may need help with Visa Application or Interview.

 

James Lopez
24 Princess Street,
Kingston, Ontario
CANADA. K7N 2Y5
Tel: 613-675-7865

March 24, 2010

 

Dear Mum and Dad,

Please take this as a formal invitation for you to visit me in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for 3 months. You should plan to come between June 1st 2010 and Sept 1st 2010. This is the best time to come because it will be summer and the weather will be most conducive for you. It will also allow me to take some time off work to show you some of the interesting places in Canada.We would visit Montreal, Toronto and the capital city Ottawa. I am sure you will enjoy your visit.

You will be staying with me during your visit and I will be responsible for your transportation and feeding while you are here.

You can use this letter as part of your application for the Canadian visa. I look forward to seeing you again after such a long time.

I love you.

Your son,

James Lopez
Date of Birth: 23 June 1980
Occupation:Engineer (Bell Canada)

GUESTS:
Name: Mr John Lopez
Address:.1 Progress Street, Accra, Ghana.
Date of Birth – May 12, 1946
Telephone: +233-803-217-3333
Relationship:Father.
Passport No: 22222222

Name: Mrs Maria Lopez
Address:.1 Progress Street, Accra, Ghana.
Date of Birth – May 12, 1944
Telephone: +233-803-217-3333
Relationship:Mother
Passport No: 44444444

 

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.


Sample Invitation Letter for  Canadian Visa written to Spouse

This is a sample Invitation for Canadian visa written by an international student in Canada to invite his wife to visit him in Canada.

 

James Lopez
24 Princess Street,
Kingston, Ontario
CANADA. K7N 2Y5

March 27th, 2010

Visitor Visa for Mrs Lucy Lopez: Passport No. 123456, Date of Birth: 20 May 1980, 

This is to certify that my wife Lucy Lopez will be visiting me in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from June 1st 2010 to July 30th 2010. I am a graduate Student at Queens university in Kingston and I will be graduating at the end of the winter semester. I would like my wife to attend my convocation which will be taking place on June 20th 2010 at the Victoria Hall. A copy of the details of the convocation is attached.

Lucy will be staying at my home for the duration of her stay and I will be responsible for her feeding and transportation during her stay.

Should there be any reason to contact me. You may reach me on phone or email as detailed below.

Thanks

Tel: 613-767-0987.
Jlopez@gogo.ca

Kind regards,
James Lopez

GUEST:
Name: Mrs Lucy Lopez
Address:.1 Progress Street, Accra, Ghana.
Date of Birth – May 20, 1980
Telephone: +233-803-217-3333
Relationship:Wife.

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 notarize any of my letters and visas have been issued.


Sample Invitation Letter for Canadian Visa written for Guest Minister at a Church Event.

If you plan on inviting a guest minister from outside Canada for your church event, then you would need to send out an Invitation letter for Canadian Visa. The letter should present the details of the guest minister and the program he or she will be participating in. The invitation letter should be written on the official letter headed paper and signed by one of the designated signatories for the Church.

The requirements are a little different from those for a friend or family member, so a look at the list of information required will be helpful. You can find the list here –Invitation letter guide from Immigration Canada.

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.

Canadian Deputy High Commissioner
Immigration Section
4 Anifowoshe Street
Victoria Island
Lagos

Your Excellency,

LETTER OF INVITATION / DECLARATION

We, the leaders of the Church Name, a duly registered  charitable organization with Charitable Business number 1111111111R0001,  situate in the district of Lava, Province of Ontario, Canada, do hereby invite from Nigeria:

Rev James Lorde passport no XXXXXXX
Evangelical Catholic Church
7045 Babasola st, Muson, off College Road.
Ketu, Oyo State. Nigeria.

For a Canadian visit of 14 days duration.
This minister of the Gospel will be ministering in our Church on Sunday March 28th 2010.

We solemnly affirm that we will provide living accommodation, medical care and full sundry support to him during his stay in Canada.

This affirmation is without prejudice to the fact that our invitee has sufficient funds for the trip. We make this solemn declaration together as a Church, and as a duly incorporated Canadian Charitable organization, conscientiously believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and by virtue of the “Canada Evidence Act.”

Rev Ford Heliout (Pastor in Charge)
For and on behalf of Church Name

 

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28 thoughts on “Sample Invitation letter for Canadian Visa

  1. Abni amin

    Der sir i want job in canda i m from pakistan live in malaysia i m experiance daraving house keepr stor keepr markiting i want job plzzz give me chance

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  2. rahul

    I have friends whose parents will be sending invitation letter for our tourist visa.The question I have, do they need to mention their job tittle or occupation as they are retired? or will just skip that from invitation letter format. Or if it is mandatory for invitation letter can we mentioned retired , will it impact our application? Fast response appreciated.

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  3. Fred

    If I (canadian) and my girlfriend live abroad, can i still write her an invitation letter or do I need to get a family member actually living in Canada to do that for me?

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    1. Dems Post author

      If you do not have an address in Canada, it will be difficult to write an invitation letter. You are qualified to write an invitation letter though as long as you have an address in Canada.

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  4. B

    I have an offer of employment however I am required to submitted a letter of invitation as part of work permit application. It just doesn’t seem right?

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  5. Chris Arizapa

    Hi,
    I would like to us if there a preference if the letter should be address to the visa officer or to the parents that I am inviting to? And should it be a bullet form on what they’re asking of a formal letter such as paragraph form.Thank you very much.

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    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Chris,
      There is no preference! Anyone you like works! However you are required to send the letter to your parents regardless of whom it is addressed to! Use any format! Bullet or paragraph! I’ve used both and they were ok

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  6. kath

    Hello,
    I would like to invite my parents for my upcoming wedding to visit Canada, but I recently lost my job. I have a part-time job though. Is it ok if my common law spouse write the invitation letter to them instead as he has a full-time stable job. Does he also need to attach a pay stub or T4? Or do we need both to sign the invitation? Your response is very much appreciated. Thanks

    Kath

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    1. Dems Post author

      Yes you can invite with a temp working permit if the permit allows you to stay in canada for more than one year

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  7. Tammy

    Hello.. I would like to invite my friend who is working in Dubai but is from Africa to visit Canada.. Does he still need an ivitation letter? And if yes where do I start?
    Thanks

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    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Tammy,

      Yes he needs an invitation letter. Simply use one of the formats on this page and modify to fit your friend. You then send the letter to him to include in his application for the Canadian visa. Hope this helps.

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  8. susan

    I’M FOLLOWING ONE OF YOUR INVIVTATION EXAMPLES AND I SEE THAT THERE IS ALSO A LETTER WRITTEN TO THE PERSON COMING. IS THAT ALSO TO BE DONE. HOW LONG AFTER EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SENT AND IMMIGRATION HAS ACCEPTED WOULD WE START PLANNING FOR HIM TO COME. IT HAS DATES ON THE INVITATION BUT IS IT THAT SET IN STONE, HENCE THE TIME LINE.

    THANKYOU

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    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Susan,

      You don’t need to send two different letters. You could choose to write a letter addressed to your guest or one addressed to the consulate. You will need to send the letter (which ever format you choose) to your guest. You should not send it to the consulate. Once your guest has received your letter, and prepared their application, they can send their application to the consulate or apply in person, depended on their country of residence.

      Yes the time begins to count as soon as the application is submitted by your guest. The time is not cast in stone. However it is important to note that once the visa is approved, it will be valid immediately.

      What country does your guest reside in?

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  9. Rashida

    Hello I’m trying to decide which application I should apply under for my mother in jamaica. I am a Canadian citizen, employed in a good job. My mother is 53 years old with a small business back home. Should I apply for a regular visiting visa or the parent super visa. Which is easier to get?

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    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Rashida,

      The regular visa is easier to get because your mum will do all the work. The parent super visa involves a little more work because you will be the one applying for her. However when she gets it, she can come more and stay longer. Since you have a good job and if you are willing to do the work, you may as well go for the parent super visa.

      If you are not ready at this time to do the parent super visa because it involves more documentation and may delay her coming, you can apply for the regular visa and plan to do the parent super visa later.

      As long as your mum prepares properly for her visa interview and she puts are documents together properly, she should get any of the visas without much trouble. You may visit http://www.visainterview.info to get your mum some help to prepare for her interview.

      All the best Rashida

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  10. Salman Javed

    hello,
    Sir i had a doubt about whether i should include all my guests that i am inviting to Canada in my invitation letter or only the dominant person ( im inviting my friend, his wife and their son)

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    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Malik,

      This is a very good question. I do not think there is a limit technically. However I must say I don’t know practically if there is a limit. I think you have a right to invite as many as you want, it is the responsibility of each of your guest to prove that they are qualified to receive visas.

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  11. shrikant pardeshi

    Hello Dems,

    I rade all you comment related to VISA advise to needy candidate and I truly appreciate all your voluntary support to help us.

    as every one , I also need your help to invite my parents ( mother) from India.
    I have few question related to that.
    # 1 could you please share me an indel invitation sample letter as I am finding difficulty to get one.
    # 2 Do I have to mention my job description in that letter, I am permanent resident of canada and my wife and I both are working .
    # can I apply for grand parent super visa once after my mom get here on tourist visa.
    # Or once my mom come here on tourist visa, Would I be able to sponsor her for PR.
    # how long does it take to get tourist VISA in India

    i would request you to kindly respond to all my question on best of your knowledge

    thank you in advance

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