Invitation Letters

What is an invitation letter?

When a visa is required to visit Canada, sometimes the applicant is asked to provide a letter of invitation from their anticipated Canadian host. Please note that completion and submission of an invitation letter does not guarantee that a visa will be issued. Canadian Visa officers consider a number of various factors in approving or rejecting Visa requests, and the invitation letter is one of many things that may be considered.

How do I get an invitation letter?

The information on this page is only a general guide - we encourage you to build off of it and use it as a template. You must write the invitation letter yourself. Once it is written, please contact us to book an appointment, so that you may sign it in front of us and we may properly notarize it.

Once the letter has been notarized, you may send your letter to the person you are inviting to Canada. They may then submit the letter to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate outside of Canada when they apply for their Visa.

What should an invitation letter contain?

Invitation letters must include the following information about the person being invited:
  • Complete name.
  • Date of birth.
  • The person's address and telephone number.
  • Your relationship to the person being invited.
  • The purpose of the trip.
  • How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in Canada.
  • Details on accommodation and living expenses.
  • The date the person you are inviting intends to leave Canada.

The invitation letter must also contain the following information about yourself:
  • Complete name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Address and telephone number in Canada.
  • Occupation.
  • Whether you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada (ex: Canadian birth certificate, citizenship card or permanent resident card).

Could you provide me with a sample invitation letter?

Certainly! A Sample Invitation Letter is here