Information for international invitees seeking entry into Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is sharing the following information for international invitees seeking entry into Canada to attend an event registered with IRCC.
Please refer to IRCC website to learn about a temporary resident visa (visitor visa) and the process to apply for one. Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada here.
Events registered with IRCC are issued a unique special event code to help track and monitor visa processing. Applicants should tag their applications with the event’s special event code, which can be found in the letter of invitation provided by the event organizer. The event code for the FRPT 2023 Conference is 23FRPT.
Please note that TRV applications are considered on a case-by-case basis based on the information presented by the applicant. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate they meet the requirements for a TRV. While a special event code has been assigned to your event, it does not offer any advantage to the applicant, in terms of a positive visa outcome. The applicant must meet all the eligibility criteria in order to receive a visa.
Most foreign nationals need a temporary resident visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada. To find out if you need a TRV or eTA to travel to Canada, see: Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada.
For more information about the TRV and eTA application processes, see: Visit Canada.
Step-by-Step Guide to Submitting a TRV Application
If you need a visa, apply online through the IRCC Secure Network.
Visa Processing Time
Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to check processing times to find out how long it takes to process most applications. Each application is different and takes a different amount of time to process. We can give an estimate, based on the application type.
Once an individual has applied, they can check their application status by visiting: Check your application status – Immigration and citizenship – Canada.ca
Participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible ahead of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time for the start of the event.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Individuals applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence may need to give biometrics (fingerprints and a photo). If you need to provide biometrics, submit them as soon as possible once you receive your Biometrics Invitation Letter. You must give your biometrics before IRCC can start to process your application.
For information on whether or not you must provide biometrics, please refer to our fast facts about Biometrics.
It is important that international invitees are familiar with the TRV and eTA application processes. Understanding the different processes will contribute to ensuring that invitees to events in Canada have a smooth application experience. Thank you for reading the abovementioned messages.
Please refer to IRCC’s website for COVID-19 updates. And any COVID-19 entry into Canada requirements.