Can I go to Canada with Dominica’s passport?

It is no secret that Dominican people can visit several countries with Dominica Passport. But Dominicans must have a visa or entrance permission to enter Canada, depending on the purpose or interest for which they are visiting.

This article will discuss 

-how to acquire a temporary visa for Canada.

-Documents and procedures for obtaining a visa and travelling to Canada.

-Where and how to apply for a visa to visit Canada.

Any form of visa application is handled by consular representatives in each nation. There is no Canadian embassy in the Dominican Republic; rather, there is a Visa Application Center (VAC), the details of which may be found below:

  • It is the Canadian visa application centre.
  • Located on the first floor of Torre Piantini.
  • Corner Gustavo Meja Ricart
  • Abraham Lincoln Avenue

The Government of Canada has allowed only the Visa Application Centers (VAC) to accept applications for:

  • Permission to Study
  • Permits to Work
  • Visas for Temporary Residents
  • Permanent Resident Travel Document

These are then delivered to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. The VAC staff is responsible for receiving applications, confirming that they are accurately filled, and signed and that all required papers are included, as well as certifying that the application cost has been paid. They may also arrange for the visa passport to be shipped by DHL or the answer to be delivered straight to the VAC. The VAC is not allowed to accept applications for Permanent Resident Status.

-Documents and requirements for a visa application to Canada:

1-Application Form completed and signed (two copies).

2-A current passport.

3-Family data collection form

4-Photographs that meet the standards, signed on the back, and include your name and birth date.

5-Work Letter, if you are employed.

6-Company accreditations (if you are an employer).

7- Flight schedule.

8- Letters of recommendation from banks

9- Copies of title certificates or car registration, if you have assets.

10- Demonstrate that you have links to your nation of origin, such as children, a spouse, and so on.

11- Pay the visa fee of $75.00 USD.

12-The application cost is RD$2,949.00 payable to VAC.

  • Visas for Temporary Residence:

To enter Canada, a temporary residency visa is necessary; it is a travel document. This visa does not grant permission to work and is typically valid for 6 months. Those with a guest visa may study, but only for courses lasting less than six months. They might, for example, study languages.

  • What should I consider while applying for this visa?

The immigration agent considers numerous aspects while obtaining a Canadian visa. All are significant, but some are more so than others.

To issue a visa, the officer must be satisfied that the applicant will leave Canada at the conclusion of the permitted period of stay. The possibility that you will not remain illegally in that nation is considered for this purpose. The following considerations are being considered:

Employment situation and prospects upon return This can be supported by a job letter, wage evidence, a tax return, or proof of social security contributions. If you are, then:

  • Unemployed
  • In your nation, you have no business or activity.

The agent may presume that you are seeking illicit work or that you do not have compelling reasons to return.

1- The money. You must present sufficient funds for the purpose of your travel (for transportation, food, medical insurance, tuition if you want to study, etc.).

2- The products. The houses, enterprises, lands, and cars registered in your name form a strong relationship with the nation, compelling an individual to return to manage them.

3- Family ties in both your own nation and Canada. The officer will assess these ties based on the information on their forms. As an example, suppose a person wishes to see their lover or boyfriend and also has a sister in Canada. Given their strong links to Canada, the officer may suspect their intention to return.

4- The trip’s purpose. This is a highly subjective aspect that is entirely at the discretion of the official. The trip’s goal must make sense in the eyes of the Canadian official. As an example: A person has a steady employment in their own country, and the goal of the trip is to study English for 5 months. This vacation may cost them their job, and the accompanying youngster would miss school for the same period, raising concerns. However, if the company pays for the training and acknowledges that it is required for professional growth, the situation is different.

5- The duration of the stay. For example, suppose the trip’s objective is to spend Christmas with Canadian friends. There is a contradiction and the request loses credibility if the stated period of stay is 3 months.

6- Travel background. This is a critical element, particularly for those from Latin American countries. A journey within the previous ten years to a visa-required jurisdiction, such as the United States, Australia, or a Western European country, demonstrates that the applicant is a trustworthy traveller. In other words, they have already obtained a visa.

All of these criteria are assessed collectively, not individually. In other words, it is not always necessary to comply with each and every one of these requirements. The officer will review the whole dossier to evaluate the likelihood that the applicant will return to their home country at the conclusion of their approved stay. It is critical to present accurate and comprehensive information without concealing any specifics.

When there are suspicions, the officer’s responsibility is to deny visa applications. As a result, it is critical to deliver a file that is as solid as possible.

  • How long does it take to apply for a visa to Canada?

This visiting visa application takes twenty (20) business days to process and is handled by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. The Dominican Republic’s embassies in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana solely handle concerns related to Canadian nationals.

  • Temporary Visa Categories:

Single entry: permits you to enter once for a maximum stay of six months (under certain conditions). Within Canada, the stay can be extended, but another visa is necessary to enter and exit.

Multiple entries: it is often provided for a term of 5 or 10 years, without exceeding the validity period of your passport. It enables you to enter Canada many times. Always for periods of no more than six months with no permission to work.