July 15, 2024
Canada visa requirements for Nigerians

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Are you a Nigerian planning to travel to Canada, but not sure what the requirements for getting a visa are? You are at the right bus stop😂, so you can alight here and bring out your pen and paper. From work, to study and visiting visas, this article covers what the Canada visa requirements are for Nigerians. 

Let’s start with the most common visa type.

What are the requirements for a study visa in Canada?

Nigeria has a considerable number of students pursuing higher education in Canada. To obtain a Canadian study visa, applicants must provide:

  1. Letter of Acceptance: Admission into a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is necessary, only schools in Canada with a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) status are capable of admitting foreign students which includes students from Nigeria. So, it is important to note this. 
  2. Proof of Funds: The ability to cover tuition, living expenses, and return transportation. This is proven by providing six (6) months of bank statements showing a healthy in and outflow of money during this period and an end balance to cover tuition and the first few months of study. 
  3. Valid Passport: With a minimum validity period of six (6) months beyond the expected duration of the course.
  4. Language Proficiency: English or French language test results (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL).
  5. Ties to Nigeria: Evidence of intention to return, such as family ties, job prospects, etc.

Read also: Canada student visa application process from Nigeria.

What are the requirements for a work visa in Canada?

For Nigerians seeking employment in Canada, obtaining a work visa is essential. Key requirements include:

  1. Job Offer: A valid offer of employment from a Canadian employer is necessary. Do ensure you check the list of compliant employers on the Canadian website before seeking a job in Canada.
  2. Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): In some cases, an LMIA is required to ensure the job offer meets Canadian labor market standards.
  3. Proof of Qualifications: Relevant educational and professional qualifications.
  4. Language Proficiency: Proof of knowledge of English or French language is mandatory.
  5. Clean Criminal Record: Applicants must provide police clearance certificates.

Requirements for Canada visiting visa from Nigeria

 If you plan to visit Canada for tourism, family visits, or other short-term purposes from Nigeria, a visitor visa is necessary. Required documents include:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Proof of Funds: To cover your stay, return transportation, and other expenses.
  3. Travel Itinerary: Details of your intended stay and accommodation arrangements.
  4. Ties to Nigeria: Evidence of strong ties to your home country.
  5. Invitation Letter: If visiting family or friends, a letter of invitation may be required.

Read also: Step-by-step guide on how to apply for Canada tourist visa from Nigeria.

What are the requirements for Express Entry (Permanent Residency) to Canada from Nigeria

Canada’s Express Entry system is a popular pathway for skilled immigrants. Key requirements include:

  1. Language test results: You have to be able to demonstrate a proficient understanding of English or French language.
  2. Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA): Evaluation of foreign educational credentials.
  3. Work Experience: Relevant work experience meeting Canadian standards.
  4. Express Entry Profile: Creating an online profile and meeting Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirements, this profile can be created on the Canadian Immigration website a link has been attached above.
  5. Proof of Funds: Adequate financial resources to settle in Canada.

Read also: 9 Ways Learning French can Increase Your Career Opportunities in Canada.

What are the requirements for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada 

Each Canadian province has its own PNP, allowing provinces to nominate individuals for permanent residency. Common requirements include:

  1. Job Offer: In some cases, a valid job offer from a specific province is necessary.
  2. Connection to the Province: Demonstrating ties or a genuine interest in the specific province.
  3. Language Proficiency: Meeting provincial language requirements.
  4. Educational and Professional Credentials: Relevant qualifications.

Frequently asked questions on Canada visa Requirements for Nigerians

What is proof of funds for a Canada Visitors visa?

Proof of funds might be in the form of a certified check, bank draft, bank statement, or money order in an amount sufficient to pay any reasonable expenses spent during the stay. 

Does the Canadian embassy verify bank statements?

The Canadian embassy may verify bank statements submitted during the visa application procedure. This verification guarantees the authenticity and correctness of the financial information provided.

Is a flight ticket mandatory for a Canada tourist visa?

Canadian officials don’t require you to have a return ticket when you enter Canada, but you may be asked to prove that you can buy one. This means showing your credit card or traveler’s cheques.

How many months of bank statements do I need to show for my Canada visa application?

It is recommended to show six (6) months of proof of funds.


Before I put the final full stop on this article, there are two pieces of advice I’d like to leave you with.

  1. When applying for a visa to Canada, or any country, DO NOT omit any information from your application—documents or otherwise. It’s better you overshare (reasonably), than you under- share. Disclose any prior visa applications you may have had, if any was denied and why.
  2. Be honest. Any document/ information you share should be true. Otherwise, if the embassy finds out that you lied in your application, you could get banned from applying for a visa for up to 10 years!

I hope you found this article on Canada visa requirements for Nigerians useful. Got questions? Feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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