What is a Purpose of Travel and what to do

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When you are asked for the “purpose of travel” when applying for a temporary resident visa, this is your opportunity to convince the visa officer that you are a genuine visitor and have no intention of staying in Canada beyond your allowed stay. Explain why you would like to visit Canada.

According to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), examples of what you can provide as proof can be:

  • Your flight ticket departing Canada
  • Your Travel Itinerary
  • Proof of a Medical Appointment

However, purchasing a flight ticket in advance is NOT necessary for most temporary resident visas. There is no guarantee that your visa will be approved and airline tickets can be non-refundable. The proof of a medical appointment is also only for visitors who intend to get medical treatment in Canada.

What you can provide is a signed formal letter containing:

  • the reasons why you desire to visit Canada,
  • what you will do in Canada,
  • why you do not have any intention to overstay in Canada if granted a visa, and
  •  the reasons why you would need to go back to your home country

Support your formal letter with documentation. You will then need to combine this under one file if you are submitting your application online.

Purpose of Travel Letter Sample (2 pages)

Page 1 of 2 – Purpose of Travel Letter
Page 2 of 2 – Purpose of Travel Letter
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