Most foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to Canada. A person with a valid passport and entry visa is permitted to stay in Canada for a specific period of time. A visa lists entry/exit dates, your vital information, passport details and some information about the inviting party.
Please note that your Canadian visa is also an exit permit just like it is an entry permit. We recommend that you send a long list of names of the potential members of your delegation as soon as possible. This way, the LOC can start preparing the official invitation letters so that you will be in a position to start the visa application as early as possible.
Please note that the application requirements may vary according to the country in which you make your application so it is VERY IMPORTANT that you check the details before you proceed with your application and that you make your application as early as possible.
Do I need a Visa?
Most APA Member countries require a visa to enter Canada. Citizens of countries which require a visa and DO NOT have Canadian Consular Representation in their country of residence, may apply to Consulates in neighbouring countries by submitting postal applications. Check this on the website or ask the Consulate you are planning to apply to. Please check your category and follow up accordingly.
Obtaining a visa invitation letter from the LOC
For each individual or group who will require a visa, the LOC Visa Information Form (found in Appendix E) must be completed in all its sections so that the required invitation letter for the purpose of visa application can be properly issued. This form must be sent to the LOC Teams department.