Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or just passing through, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago must obtain a Canadian visa to enter the country, no matter how long they plan to stay. Fortunately, the capital city of Port of Spain has a convenient Canadian embassy Trinidad visa office, so the process of obtaining a visa is fairly straightforward and simple, as long as you have the correct documentation and forms filled out. You can also do almost everything online to save some extra time and effort.

Gather All Documents and Forms

All the forms and documents you’ll need can be found on the government of Canada website, as well as in the Port of Spain office. The website is also a good resource, with step-by-step instructions on how to fill out each form. There is also a document checklist available online, so you know exactly what you need. Forms you’ll need include the Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257) and Family Information (IMM 5645), if applicable to you. You’ll also have to submit a valid passport with at least one blank page, two 1 3/8-inch-by-1 3/4-inch photos, a photocopy of your current immigration document, proof of financial support, and a photocopy of your return ticket or travel itinerary. Each family member, including children, must have his or her own application forms and documents.

Meet the Canadian Visa Trinidad Requirements

The Canadian government lays out specific requirements for those wanting to get a visa. These include showing that you will leave Canada once your stay (outlined in the visa) is over and that you have enough money to make the trip there and back. You must also promise to not work or study in the country unless authorized to do so. Other requirements include having a clean criminal history and good health. Visits for longer than six months require you to have a health exam if you’ve lived in one of the flagged countries outlined by the Canadian government.

Provide Biometric Information and Fee

Each family member must appear in person to have biometric information, including fingerprints and photographs, collected for their Canadian Visa Trinidad. This can be done after you submit the application online, pay the fees and get a biometric instruction letter to help determine where to go for collection. You can also do it when you submit a paper application at the Port of Spain office. Each person submitting biometrics must pay a fee of $85 (CAN). Families submitting together can pay the reduced fee of $170 (CAN) per family of two or more. There’s also an application fee of $100 per person. All fees must be paid for online using a debit or credit card – be sure to print out your receipt if you plan to hand in paper documents at the Port of Spain office.

Submit Online or Visit the Office

If you apply online, you can go through the Government of Canada website – you’ll need to sign up for an online account first. You will need access to a scanner and printer to submit the additional documentation such as a passport and immigration documents. The Port of Spain office also accepts walk-ins to turn in all your Trinidad and Tobago visa application form documents in person. If everything is correct and all the necessary documents are present, an officer will review your file, and you’ll be called in for an interview if additional information is needed. The current processing times are posted on the Canadian government website, so you’ll have an idea as to how long it will take to hear back on your visa application.