- What is an invitation letter?
- Requirements for an invitation letter
- Information about the visa applicant
- Information of the inviter
- Where to send an invitation letter
- Sample of the invitation letter
WHAT IS AN INVITATION LETTER?
A Canadian invitation letter is sent by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to the Canadian consulate or embassy, inviting someone you know very well to the country. The person you invite must be your friend, spouse, fiancé, or relative. An invitation letter convinces the consulate that you know the applicant and that the applicant will give accurate information about himself to the consulate and a guarantee that the applicant will have accommodation and will also return to his home country at the expiration of the visa. An applicant with an invitation letter stands a good chance of getting his application processed successfully, as an invitation letter could also stand as evidence to the Canadian government.
REQUIREMENTS FOR AN INVITATION LETTER
Before an invitation letter is accepted, it must first meet the requirements of a Canadian invitation letter. A Canadian invitation letter must meet the following requirements:
- Information about the Visa applicant
- information of the person inviting the applicant
If an invitation letter does not meet this requirement, the applicant is likely to get rejected or have his application denied. It would help if you also remembered that a letter of invitation does not guarantee a visa, as the consulate might have other reasons to deny a visa to an applicant.
Some applicants do not necessarily need an invitation letter to come to Canada, especially people with electronic travel authorization (ETA)
Writing an invitation letter for an application does not mean that the person writing the letter is legally responsible for the applicant. Visitors are held responsible if they violate any law in Canada.
Kindly ensure to follow all the procedures laid out.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICANT ON THE INVITATION LETTER
The following information about the applicant must be contained in the invitation letter:
- The first and last name of the applicant
- Date of birth of the applicant
- Telephone and email addresses of the applicants
- Duration of the visit
- Relationship between the applicant and the person inviting him
- Purpose of visiting the country
- Address of the applicant
- Date of return
INFORMATION OF THE PERSON INVITING THE VISA APPLICANT (INVITER)
The person inviting a visa applicant must give personal information about himself, such as:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Exact Canadian address
- Citizen or permanent residence status.
- Total number of people that live in your household
- Job title
- Names and number of family members and dependents
WHERE TO SEND AN INVITATION LETTER
After the Canadian has written the invitation letter, it should be sent to the applicant. After receiving the signed and adequately dated invitation letter, you go ahead to submit it. An invitation letter can be scanned and sent as a PDF when applying online or sent to the Canadian embassy or consulate in your country with other necessary documents when applying physically.
An invitation letter must be notarized and properly signed and dated by the person inviting the applicant to Canada.
INVITATION LETTER FOR SUPER VISA
A super visa, also known as a parent visa, is a temporary residence visa given to parents or grandparents who wish to visit their children or grandchildren for a period not longer than six months.
An invitation letter written to invite parents or grandparents Is not so different from the typical invitation letter but with some slight differences.
The person invited must prove that they will take care of the parents or grandparents throughout their stay in Canada and prove that they have enough finance for the household member and the visiting parents or grandparents.
SAMPLE OF AN INVITATION LETTER
Below is a clear sample of an invitation letter to give you a clear picture and a format of what a Canadian invitation letter should look like.
Name of a place in Canada
To the Canadian embassy in (state the country)
Embassy phone contact
Subject: invitation letter for Mr./Mrs. Doe
My name is Jane Doe, I was born on 9th April 1979, and I am from Calgary, Canada. I am a Canadian permanent resident, and I live in (state the address)
Living in my house are two people; my daughter and son. I work as a Randolph wine and cake shop baker, earning CAD$60,000 annually.
I am inviting my husband, john doe, born on October 10th, 1971, and currently living in Abuja, Nigeria, to Canada for a brief visit. He is visiting to spend time with his children and tour around Canada. John Doe will be staying in my house throughout his stay from 18th November to 18th January.
John doe works in the federal ministry of finance in Nigeria and earns up to CASD$70,000 annually. As such will be able to afford his trip and stay in Canada. John doe plays an essential role in the ministry of finance and will return at the expiration of his stay in Canada.
I have attached a certified copy of my permanent residence card and bank statement for the past six months.
I look forward to having john doe visit the children and me so we can spend quality time as a family and tour the country.