We encourage you to have your loved ones come visit you and see where you are living and studying. You will certainly want to invite everyone to come watch you convocate when that day comes!
Citizens of some countries require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada, while other will require an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). See here to find out which entry document your friends and family will need.
If your family or friends require a TRV, they will need to submit an application and include supporting documents from the person they will visit in Canada. Providing supporting documentation does not guarantee that your family member or friend will successfully obtain a TRV, but it is a vital component of their application.
Supporting documents may include:
1) Proof of your status in Canada (copy only)
- Study permit
- Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
3) Verification of Enrolment Letter (from the Student Enrolment and Registrar Services), Graduation Invitation Letter (from the International Centre), or PGWP completion letter – whatever is applicable to your current situation
4) Proof of Finances (if you are supporting your family financially for their proposed trip)
The International Centre does not write letters of invitation on your behalf. The letter of invitation that you write for your family member or friend should be sent directly to them to include with their application for the TRV. Your letter should be clear, concise, honest and accurate. Some visa offices require letters of invitation to be notarized by a notary public.
|Graduation Invitation Letter: If you will be graduating soon and wish to invite family members to attend the ceremony, we will issue a supporting document confirming your anticipated convocation date. This document should be used in addition to your letter of invitation, not in place of it. You can request a graduation invitation letter here.|