Visas for Canada

Below you will find information about obtaining a visa for Canada. If you have questions at any point in the process, click the  and you will be directed to a pop-up page with more information; close that once your question is answered and proceed.

US Passport holders and US Residents with an Alien Registration Card ("Green Card") do not need a Visa for Canada for short-stay trips. Click HERE for more information. If you do not qualify for an Exemption, please contact us for information.

Also please note: Some agents of the Canadian Border Services Agency have been enforcing rules which require certain documents be presented. Here is the information from the Canadian Embassy website:

When you arrive in Canada, you will be greeted by an officer of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The CBSA is responsible for protecting the borders and points of entry to Canada. The CBSA officer will ask you the purpose of your visit and confirm that you meet the requirements for admission to Canada. This is standard for anyone entering Canada, whether you have a temporary resident visa or not.

You should have all relevant documents on hand to present to the officer when you arrive. These documents include, but are not limited to:

  • a valid passport or travel document that will be valid until the end of your stay
  • if applicable, a temporary resident visa
  • letters of support from your parent company and a letter of invitation from the Canadian host business or a Letter of Recognition from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • a copy of any contracts or bills to support your visit
  • 24-hour contact details of your business host in Canada and
  • proof that you have enough money for both your stay in Canada and your return home.

Based on this information, AVS suggests you take at least a business letter from your company in the US and an invitation from the company in Canada in addition to your valid passport and any residence permits or Alien Registration Card ("Green Card").

American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.