Letter of Invitation

Some people hoping to visit Canada and obtain a Temporary Resident Visa may require a “Letter of Invitation” from a Canadian host.
This requirement comes under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its Regulations. It requires citizens of certain countries to provide a Letter of Invitation from their host in order to help obtain a Temporary Resident Visa
Letters of Invitation are sent to the person hoping to visit Canada. That person takes the letter to their Canadian Consulate or Visa Office. Many visa officers will request that a Notary Public notarizes the letter. A letter of invitation does not guarantee the invitee will receive a visa, but it can help.

At Uptown Notaries, we are experienced in putting together Letters of Invitation and can help you put one together, ensure all of the correct information is included and have the letter notarized.

Information that you will need for a Letter of Invitation:

Inviter/Host Information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • City and Country of Birth
  • Home Address & Phone Number in Canada
  • email Address
  • Canadian Citizenship Status & a copy of a document that verifies your status. (For example, a birth certificate if born in Canada, or citizenship card if you are a new Canadian).
  • Family Details (names and birthdates of your spouse and any dependents. (Mandatory for the parent and grandparent super-visa).
  • For Parent and Grandparent Super-visas, a promise of financial support and proof of income must also be provided.
  • Identification Documentation (Passport Number, Birth Certificate, or Driver’s Licence Number)

Information that must be included in the letter for the person you are inviting:

  • Full name
  • Birthdate
  • address and telephone number,
  • your relationship to the person,
  • the purpose of the trip,
  • how long the person plans to stay in Canada,
  • where the person will stay, and how he or she will pay for things.
  • when the person plans to leave Canada.

A letter of invitation is not something to be provided lightly. The information must be truthful, provided in good faith, and you should be willing and able to carry out any commitments or promises that you made in the letter.

At Uptown Notaries, we can help you correctly prepare a Letter of Invitation for a friend or family member, or you can draft it yourself and bring it in for Notarization.  We are conveniently located on North Road on the Burnaby Coquitlam border, close to New Westminster.  Call us today to arrange an appointment.

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