Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian
visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.
Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics as soon as this summer 2018:
For additional information on whether or not you require a biometric, please refer to our fast facts about Biometrics.
As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to 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. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.
If you have any questions on the importation of goods related to your event please contact the International Events and Conventions Services Program (IECSP) at the
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
We hope you will find this information useful and look forward to working with you.
Special Events Unit- NHQ
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada