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What is an Invitation Letter?

An Invitation Letter for Canada is a document written by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident inviting a foreign individual to visit them in Canada. This letter is typically required as part of the visa application process for those who need a visa to enter Canada. The letter serves as proof of the relationship between the host and the guest and provides details about the purpose of the visit and the duration of stay. It helps the Canadian immigration authorities assess the intentions of the visitor and the host’s ability to support the visitor during their stay.

Key Elements of an Invitation Letter for Canada

Host’s Information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Address in Canada
  • Contact information
  • Status in Canada (citizen or permanent resident)
  • Job title and place of employment (optional but helpful)


Visitor’s Information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Address in home country
  • Relationship to the host
  • Purpose of the visit
  • Duration of stay in Canada


Details of the Visit:

  • Purpose of the visit (e.g., tourism, family visit, business)
  • Length of stay (specific dates)
  • Accommodation details (where the visitor will be staying)
  • Financial support details (who will cover the expenses)


Host’s Commitment:

  • Assurance that the visitor will return to their home country after the visit
  • Possible description of plans during the visit