Letter of Invitation to Canada 

Uptown Notaries has Notary Public professionals who can prepare and notarize an invitation letter for a visitor to Canada. We are conveniently located on the border between Burnaby and Coquitlam and have proudly provided quality, legal services in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody and the Greater Vancouver area for over 28 years. If you have a friend or family member wanting to visit Canada, give us a call and we can help you with a properly prepared and notarized Invitation to Canada Letter.

A letter inviting someone to visit Canada must be written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and must also be the person who is extending the invitation. The letter is not always mandatory, but can make for a stronger application for a visitation to Canada.

An invitation to Canada letter is a signed, and usually notarized, letter inviting someone to the country. The letter should be from a friend, family member, or business partner who can corroborate your identity and purpose for visiting Canada.



Information for an Invitation to Canada 

A Canada visa invitation letter is only for a short visit to Canada, generally 6 months or less. It can be for many reasons, such as tourism, visiting friends and family, or for business. An invitation to Canada letter does not guarantee a visa but can make your case more persuasive.

The following information about the visitor must be included in an invitation to Canada letter:  

  • Full name 
  • Date of birth 
  • Contact information (telephone number and email) 
  • Address 
  • Relationship to the person extending the invitation 
  • Reason for the visit to Canada 
  • Length of visit 
  • Where the person will stay in Canada and how it will be financed 
  • Date of arrival and the date of departure from Canada  


 The letter must also have detailed information about the person offering the invitation to Canada: 

  • Full name
  • Date of birth 
  • Contact information (telephone number and email) 
  • Address in Canada 
  • Status in Canada, with a copy of Canadian citizenship card or passport, Canadian birth certificate, Permanent Resident card or IMM 1000 (Proof of Landing document) 
  • Job title 
  • Names and dates of birth of immediate family members and dependents 
  • The number of people living in the household (including the person, or persons, sponsored)  



Notarized Invitation Letter 

After a letter has been notarized, it must be sent to the person receiving the invitation to be included in their initial Canada visa application. If an invitation letter is submitted after it is requested, the application will be delayed.

If you have any questions about preparing and-or notarizing an invitation letter to support a short term visa to Canada, give Uptown Notaries a call, or schedule a free, no obligation consultation on an invitation to Canada letter.