Five secret keys for Canadian visa approval

5 secret keys for Canadian Visa approval

5 secret keys for Canadian Visa approval

Applying for a visitor visa to Canada can be a daunting task, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

The process can be confusing and time-consuming, but with some organization and preparation, you can increase your chances of being accepted. 

In this article, I will share 5 secret keys for Canadian Visa approval and some tips and tricks that I’ve learned from helping friends and clients to apply for a visitor visa to Canada. With a 100% acceptance rate, I hope these tips will help you successfully apply for your visa and get accepted as soon as possible.

Canadian visa application, passport and Canadian flag

Keys of approval:

  • 1- Strong and valid reason.
  • 2- Perfect timing.
  • 3- Accuracy & Honesty.
  • 4- Travel History.
  • 5- Detailed Itinerary.

1- Strong and valid reason

Canadian Visitor Visa

A solid and valid reason for your visit to Canada is crucial for obtaining a Canadian visitor visa.

It demonstrates to the IRCC officer that you have a clear purpose for your trip and that you have a plan for your stay in the country. 

A strong reason for your visit can include the following:

  •  Visiting family.
  •  Attending a business conference or a meeting.
  •  Sightseeing and tourism. 

On the other hand, if the reason for your visit is not considered valid, such as visiting Niagara Falls in February or skiing the Mont-Tremblant in July, your visa application may be denied. 

Additionally, providing evidence of your ties to your home country, such as a job or family, and proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Canada also helps to establish that you have a clear intent to return home after your visit.

2- Perfect timing:

Niagara Falls frozen from the Canadian side in winter

Timing is critical, plan ahead and apply at a time that makes more sense for the IRCC officer.

Allow enough time for visa processing and ensure you have sufficient funds and enough transactions in your bank account.

The perfect time to apply for a Canadian visitor visa is at least 3-6 months before your planned trip. This allows enough time for visa processing and also shows that you have planned ahead and have enough funds for your trip. (Check today’s processing time here).

I recommend setting aside enough time to complete the visa application, as it can be a lengthy process. It may be helpful to gather all necessary documents and information in advance and to set aside a specific day or weekend to focus on the application. It is also a good idea to carefully review the application instructions and requirements before filling out the forms.

3-  Accuracy & Honesty.

Filling the Canadian Visa application

Accuracy and Honesty are vital when applying for a Canadian visitor visa.

When filling out your application, it’s essential to be truthful and provide specific and accurate information. 

Lying or providing false information on the visa application can result in a denied application or even a permanent ban from entering Canada.

To ensure that your application is as strong as possible, double-check all information for accuracy and completeness. 

Additionally, submit clear scans of all required documents and ensure no spelling or grammar mistakes. 

These small details can make a big difference in the decision-making process for visa officers.

In summary, always tell the truth, be specific and accurate in all information provided, and ensure that all scanned documents are high-quality, error-free, and complete. 

Remember, the IRCC officer’s main goal is to ensure that all visitors to the country are safe and pose no threat, so being honest and accurate in your application is the best way to show them that you are a responsible, trustworthy traveler.

4- Travel History

A lot of stamps on an Egyptian passport page

A solid travel history is one of the five secret keys to Canadian visa approval.

This means that if you have previously traveled to other countries, it will demonstrate to the visa officer that you are a responsible traveler and less likely to overstay in Canada. 

If this is your first time traveling and you don’t have a good travel history, your chances of approval may be low.

To increase your chances of getting your Canadian visa approved, I highly recommend building your travel history by first traveling to other countries. 

A valid US visa on your passport can be a great asset, as well as other visas such as Schengen and UK visas.

Obtaining these visas will show the IRCC officer that you have successfully complied with the requirements of other countries, which can increase your chances of getting your Canadian visa approved.

5- Detailed Itinerary:

Travel itinerary

Providing a detailed itinerary is another important aspect of a successful Canadian visitor visa application. 

A detailed itinerary demonstrates to the IRCC officer that you have a clear plan for your visit to Canada and a specific purpose for your trip.

A detailed itinerary should include information such as the travel dates, the cities or regions you will visit, and the specific activities or events you will be attending. It should also include information on accommodation and transportation arrangements.

Providing a detailed itinerary can also demonstrate to the officer that you have the financial means to support yourself during your trip, as it shows that you have made concrete arrangements for accommodation and transportation.

The itinerary should be realistic and achievable within the time frame of the visit. Also, it should be supported by relevant documents such as initial flight tickets, hotel reservations, and event tickets to provide evidence and increase your chances of visa approval.

Before You Apply: 

  • Make sure you are eligible for a visitor visa. Check your eligibility here.
  • Gather all required documents and translate them into English before you begin the application process.
  • Pay attention to the expiration date of your passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to leave Canada. (The longer your passport is valid, the longer the validity of your visa will be).
  • Make sure to have records of your previous travel dates for the last five years and a complete history of your employment and education.
  • Make sure to have a valid Debit/credit card that you can use online to pay the fees. (Application fee CAD $100 + Biometrics fees CAD $85. Total = CAD $185).

Required documents for Canadian Visitor Visa:

  • A valid passport (at least 6 months validity).
  • Proof of funds (Ex. A Bank statement showing account balance and transactions for the last 6 months).
  • Letter of employment for employees or a Business registration certificate for business owners. 
  • A letter of invitation from a family member, business or event.
  • National ID.
  • A valid USA visa, if applicable.
  • Additional documents (Any other relevant documents such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, and itinerary letter).

USA visa

After You Apply:

  • After you receive the biometrics email within 24 hours, it is recommended to provide your biometrics to the nearest VFS office as soon as possible, as the processing time begins once Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) receives them.
  • Watch your email and wait for a decision on your application. This can take several months, so be patient.
  • After the decision, you will be asked to submit your passport to VFS within 30 days.
  • If your application is denied, don’t give up. You can reapply or appeal the decision.


Applying for a visitor visa to Canada can be a challenging process, but with a little bit of organization and preparation, you can increase your chances of being accepted. 

Make sure to gather all the necessary documents, fill out the application form accurately, and provide any additional information that may be relevant to your application. 

Remember to be honest and pay attention to every single detail. 

With these tips and tricks in mind, you can successfully apply for a visitor visa to Canada and get your approval as soon as possible.

If you need help applying for a Canadian visa, feel free to book a FREE 15 min consultation with me here.