A guide to getting a Canada visa for Swedish and Colombian citizens.

If you are a Swedish citizen looking to travel to Canada, it’s important to know the visa rules and regulations. This article will provide insight into the Canadian visa process, including the different types of visas, where to apply, and how much each application costs. This information can be particularly useful if you need to renew your visa in Canada or if you plan on living there indefinitely with your family. Likewise, Colombian citizens considering traveling to Canada should also read this article as it provides similar information about the Canadian visa application process for Colombia citizens.

Who needs a Canada visa?

A Canada visa is needed by any individual traveling from Sweden or Colombia who does not have either Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency (PR). For example, if you are traveling from Sweden as a tourist or on business and want to visit Canada but do not have Canadian citizenship/PR, you will need a Canada visa in order to enter. Likewise, if you are from Colombia and want to immigrate permanently to Canada but do not have PR, then again you will need a Canada Visa in order to migrate. For both Colombians and Swedes wishing to visit Canada on vacation or business, it’s possible that no official entry requirement exists; however, your status may still make it mandatory that you possess some sort of valid documentation. Canada Visa for Colombia Citizens

How long does it take to get a Canada visa?

If you’re applying from Sweden, you can start with your application online, but you must print out your confirmation page and bring it with you when you apply in person at an embassy or consulate. The process should take about three weeks. If you’re applying from Colombia, it will take two months or more unless there is some kind of urgency that requires processing in less time; in those cases, it could take as little as two weeks or up to four months. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, however, so expect anything between those figures—and longer if there are any delays or complications along the way.

How do I apply for a Canada visa?

Most people will likely apply for a Canada visa by applying directly through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). GAC has made it easy to apply by offering an online application form that can be filled out at your convenience, any time of day or night, in just minutes—without having to visit an embassy or consulate. The benefit of applying through GAC is that it takes all of 30 minutes, costs $160 CAD (roughly $120 USD), and there’s no need to buy plane tickets or find someone willing/able to host you while you’re in Canada (although these are great options if you have them). For more details on how to apply with GAC, see Apply Online below. Canada Visa for Swedish Citizens

What documents are required?

Both Swedish and Colombian citizens need to apply online through IRCC, which can be completed in English or French. Online applications include proof of identity, photo identification, and biometric information (digital photograph). Applicants also need proof of proficiency in either English or French by taking an official test, including IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program), or TEF (Test d’évaluation de français). The two tests must be taken within two years before you apply. The cost of testing is separate from application fees, which range from $200-400 per adult depending on your country of citizenship; there are additional processing fees as well.

Applying in person or online

The easiest way to apply is online, where you can complete all the required forms in just an hour or two (the application itself takes about 15 minutes). If you need help filling out your form, there are step-by-step instructions available. Your application will be reviewed in three weeks or less, after which you’ll receive either a positive decision or a notification that more information is needed before they can make a decision. You’ll then receive written confirmation via email of your application number and details.

Supporting documents may be required (Medical, Financial)

When you apply for a temporary resident visa, you may need documents such as proof of your financial status, marriage certificate or divorce decree, police certificates, and work records. Most consulates request that you provide two to four passport-sized photos of yourself with your application; some will ask that they be notarized as well. If any documents are not in English or French, then you’ll also need an official translation. Each embassy has its own requirements for issuing visas—check with yours ahead of time so that you know what documents it wants before applying. And don’t wait until just before your appointment—it can take weeks (or months) to get an appointment, so plan ahead.