Travel: Online Canadian Visa Application

Our journey in getting our Canadian Visa wasn’t easy.  It may have taken so long but it’s actually very convenient to use.

To start your online application, go to Apply Online page.  Answer a few questions so you’ll know if you’re eligible or not to apply.  After you finish that eligibility questionnaire, you can proceed now to creating your own account.  All the documents they need from you will be uploaded in this account.  You can choose to upload in one go, or like me, do it one at a time, until it gets completed.

1 apply online

Once you log in, all the information referring to your application will be visible.  All the messages and updates are reflected here.

There will be message inbox where you can see your correspondence with the CIC.

2 message box

You can view your application, whether submitted or not, in this portal.  Your application can’t be submitted until all the attachments are provided for.  So, what do you need?

1) Application Form – IMM5257 (Application for Visitor Visa Made Outside of Canada)  It’s a 6 page application form you can download and fill up electronically.

3 sample app form

2) Use of Representative Form (IMM5476) – just to be sure, authorize 1 person to act on your behalf for updates and what nots.   This is a 2 page form.

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3) Proof of Means of Financial Support – these are legitimate proofs that you have the means to support your pending travel expenses and other needs while in Canada.  The following are some of the documents you may submit:

Bank Certification

Certificate of Employment with Income

Property Titles / Registrations

Business Papers

Bank Statements

4) Use of a Family Member Representative for Online Applications (IMM5713) – If you and a family member will be applying together, you must fill up this form and assign who the family member representative will be.  All the family members’ names and other pertinent details will be indicated here. 1 page form

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5) Passport – a Valid Passport is needed on time of your application.  You need to submit the Info Page and all the other pages with your travel stamps.

6) Proof of Relationship – I submitted all applicants’ Birth Certificates and our Marriage Certificate.

7) Purpose of Travel – My brother in law made an invitation letter for us to visit and attend his wedding

8) Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM5475) – Just to be sure, I indicated my husband’s name here. 1 page form

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9) Family Information (IMM5645) – You will list all your immediate family members’ names and birthdates here.  And if they are travelling with you or not.  2 page form

7family information

10) Invitation Letter – I just reattached the Invitation Letter same with the Purpose of Travel

11) Travel History – Also reattached the Passport and Travel Stamps File

12) Digital Photo – You must follow the specific size.  Check out Photo Specs.

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13) Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside Canada (IMM5257B1) –  This is a declaration form where you will declare the organizations and associations you are affiliated with.  a 2 page form

9 affiliates

These are the basic requirements that an applicant needs to submit.  Once submitted and received by the CIC, they will change the status of the checklist to PROVIDED.  And submission / uploading of documents will be closed.

10 checklist

Upon submission, you will have to pay the VISA FEE of CAD100.00 or about Php 3,729.00.  You may opt to pay using a credit card which I did.

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Once your submission is successful, you will receive an email and a message stating that your Online Application has been transmitted.  It will include your Payment Receipt Number.

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Waiting game starts after this.  Kindly read our journey here.

We were requested to submit additional documents, so portal was again opened.  We provided the additional documents.

1) Birth Certificate of our kids – I included our Marriage Contract as well.

2) Letter of Explanation why their father is not applying for a visa and if he will be joining us for the trip.

So there you go!  Easy peasy right.  Contact me if you have any questions on filling up the forms or what documents you need to submit in lieu of what was stated here.

By the way, these are also the same docs you will be needing if you apply through paper application.  And I honestly think, that would be a better idea!

Good Luck!



















4 thoughts on “Travel: Online Canadian Visa Application

  1. Hi! I have read your post and I was wondering if you could help me out on my application. I am trying to apply for a visit visa via online for myself and my daughter who is just 7 months old today. I have several questions:

    1. Do I need to provide an IMM 5713:Use of a Family Member Representative for Online Applications?
    The portal said I do not need to “SIGN” any forms since I will be asked for an electronic signature, right? So, does it mean I have to print this form and scan it with my signature?
    2. Is it ok to use another family member’s credit card for the payment? And, how or when can I pay for the application?
    3. We are actually working on a Spousal Sponsorship (by the way, my partner is in Canada and he’s the one sponsoring us, though we haven’t submitted the final and complete sponsorship, we are almost done with it and we are a bit confused on which to apply first. We are concerned it may complicate either the sponsorship or the visit visa)…
    Anyway, my real question here is, on the portal I answered “YES” to the question regarding Medical Exams for the past 12 months, both for me and my baby. Yet, the checklist requires us for an upfront medical exam for this visit visa application… We are only applying for 6month or less temporary visit visa, I am wondering if I still have to undergo one again?
    The website says for temporary 6mos or less visit visa, it generally doesn’t require a medical exam but why is our checklist requiring us to do so? Can’t I just use the proof of medical exam we acquired for the sponsorship? That was February 29,2015.

    Thank you so much for taking time to read my message. Best regards! 🙂


    1. Hi. Sorry it took long. We were on vacation as well. For your questions:
      1) I provided an IMM5713 because I represent my 2 kids. If they don’t tell you to sign, you just fill out, save and scan back. If they tell that the form should be a signed one, then you must fill up, save, print, sign then scan.
      2) For the credit card, I am pretty sure that it will be okay if you use someone else’s credit card.
      3) As I remember, during the initial submission of your application, medical exam is not needed. They will process your application first, and if they see that you need to submit, then that’s the time you need to submit a medical exam. If they are requiring you already, maybe it’s because you answered something that is related to a Spousal Visa during the initial questionnaire. I’m not familiar with the Spousal Visa because I only shared my experience for our Tourist Visa Application.

      I am glad to be of help but please be reminded that these are only my experiences. It’s still best to coordinate with the Visa Center for urgent enquiries. Thank you and hope you’ll get your visa as soon as possible. Let me know if you’ve got it already. Canada is a beautiful place, I want to go back already.


  2. Hi, I am applying online for visitor visa with my family including wife and a baby,and I am required to submit family information and family representative form online.

    Need I to sign form and then scan and upload ?

    Is it necessary to sign on all forms by hand if applying online through gckey.

    Please help


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