Visa Information

Do I need a visa?

To see if you need a visa to enter Canada, please check here. If you do need a visa, please apply as early as possible, but at least 3 months in advance of your travel date. Read more about the requirements to visit Canada.

Citizens of the US and many other countries do not need a visa to enter Canada. Also, no visa is required for persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.

Complete Information on Canadian Visa Requirements.

If you do need to apply for a Canadian Visa to attend the 12th ISSCR Annual Meeting, you are advised to begin the process now. The time to process an application can take up to six months (view current processing time). Start the process early, don't be disappointed.

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What documents are required to enter Canada?

All visitors to Canada must have a valid passport. Some visitors must also have a Canadian visa, and some must fulfill other requirements.

Complete information on who is eligible to visit Canada.

If necessary, we can send you an official letter of invitation after you register, which you should include in your application and bring to your visa interview. The invitation letter will only be sent to participants who have paid their registration fees. Please submit the letter, together with your visa application form, to the Canadian embassy or consulate in your country.

Registrants should also submit this CBSA Letter along with their visa application.

To request your letter of invitation, (after you register), please contact:

Selvis Morales
Phone: +1-847-410-9666

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How do I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa either online or via paper application. The ISSCR recommends attendees apply for a multiple entry business visa.

Complete information on how-to apply for a Canadian Visa.

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that participants visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa application for information on how to submit an application for a TRV and the documentation required to support the application. View a list of visa offices and the countries they serve.

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What are Visa Application Centres (VACs)?

In some countries Citizenship and Immigration Canada has engaged the services of a private service provider to assist individuals applying for CIC services.

Visa Application Centres (VACs) are available to help applicants fill out their forms and answer questions about the application process. They ensure applications are complete, which reduces the rate of returned applications and ultimately leads to faster processing. This low-cost service lessens the potential for people to fall victim to fraud.

The VAC sends applications to Visa offices and transmits decisions to applicants in a confidential manner.

VACs play no role in the decision-making process. The use of VAC services is completely optional. Applicants can continue to apply directly to the visa office if they prefer.

Participants are encouraged to submit their visa applications through a VAC if this service is available in their country of residence. Please check your visa office website for information on the services available at the VAC serving your area and the costs.

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How long will my visa processing take?

Processing time for TRVs vary depending on the office and the time of the year. ISSCR encourages attendees to apply early for their visa, if one is required, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents.

Check your estimated processing time.

General processing times at the various visa offices are available at the following link. For more accurate processing times, applicants should consult the website for the visa office responsible for processing their application.

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