Apply on Paper for a Visitor Visa

The fee for processing your application is not refundable, so make sure you are eligible to get a Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) before you apply. Please note that submitting a completed application and necessary supporting documents does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.

Steps Required to Submit Visitor Visa Application

Step 1

Download and complete the Application for Temporary Resident Visa [IMM 5257] (PDF, 338 KB).

Note that this form is required for Business, Tourism, Short Term Studies, Returning Worker, Returning Student, and Super Visa (Parents and Grandparents). Access other forms >>

Step 2

For New York and Los Angeles, dDownload and complete the Document Checklist. Please complete and place this checklist on top of your application.

The Washington office only accepts applications from Diplomats or special passport holders; for a list of required documents, see Washington’s “How to submit visa applications” page.

Step 4

Submit your application. Only 3 offices in the United States process Visitor Visa applications. For Visitors Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) you may submit your applications to New York, Los Angeles or Washington offices.