The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Baker & Mackenzie, in compliance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and related Regulations, Policies and Procedures. For more information, call Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's Help Centre: 1-888-242 2100. Students with a hearing impairment may access a TTY service at 1-888-576 8502. To speak with an agent, call between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time).
Invitation of family members to visit a student in Canada
If you want to invite family members to visit you in Canada, you must send your relatives the following documents, so they can apply for a visitor’s visa:
- An invitation letter. Read more about invitation letters.
Request an invitation letter online from McMaster’s International Student Services. Place your mouse over “Online Resources” and choose “Request a Letter”.
- A Certificate of Enrollment from McMaster University’s Registrar’s Office.
- A copy of your Canadian Study Permit
Once your family member has received all these documents from you, he/she/they must find out about other required documents to obtain a visitor’s visa at the nearest Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commissioner. A comprehensive list is provided on CIC’s website.
The intending visitor must satisfy all the ordinary requirements of that category, including temporary intent, and sufficient funds to support a stay in Canada.