Invitations & Visas
IMPORTANT: This event is registered with the Canadian Government. Your delegate registration must be completed and paid for in full in order for you to receive a confirmation and personalized invitation letter. The confirmation provides you with a link for you to complete the VISA REQUEST directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Please apply early, some countries take a couple of months to process.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca
For information on requirements to visit Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/business.html
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Canada must have a valid passport and obtain a Canadian visa before coming. But people from some countries who want to visit Canada temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa.
Duration of Visit / Extension of Visa
The period of time a visitor without a visa can stay in Canada is decided at his arrival at the customs. The lenght of his stay will be stamped in his passport. The maximum duration of his stay is 6 months. If the visitor wants to extend his stay, he has to make a request for extension of stay or visa.
Application For Visa
Visa application should be made at the Canadian consulate in your country.
It is required for the visa applicant to submit application forms, valid passport, two photos with date of birth and a photocopy of a valid return ticket. More specification on the CIC website.
Electronic Travel Authorization
Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.
Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. You will need your passport, a credit card, and an email address. It costs $7 CAD to get an eTA and it will be valid for up to five years.
Most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying. However, some requests may need more time to process. If this is the case for your application, you can expect an email from CIC within 72 hours that tells you what your next steps are.