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CAN+ Visa Program – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

By Kach Umandap February 9th, 2022 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Travel Blog, VISA Application Guides 20 Comments

You can get a Canada Tourist Visa with your Philippine Passport, but do you know if you have been to US/Canada the last 10 years or you hold a valid US Visa; you are eligible for CAN+ Visa? What is it?

Well, CAN+ Visa is a facilitation program for a Temporary Resident Visa Application to Canada. It’s an Expedited Canadian Visa as it has only at most 5 working days processing, and applicants don’t need to pass financial documents.Canada Visa

As per Canada’s website, visa application centers will screen applicants to know if they are eligible for CAN+. Applicants that have traveled to Canada within the last 10 years or hold a valid non-immigrant US visa will be sent for expedited processing. You could also do it online and it will give you a CAN+ Checklist. Here’s how to avail of the CAN+ Visa Program.

Documents Required for an Expedited Canadian Visa

  • Valid Passport – valid for at least one year, you will need to scan the Bio Page
  • Online Application Form IMM5257 – fill it out digitally, using internet explorer or adobe reader

Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

  • Family Information Form IMM5645fill this also digitally
  • Passport Size Photo (35mm x 45mm)
  • Travel History – notably Valid US Visa or Entry-Exit Stamps from Canada/US

Step-By-Step Application Guide for a CAN+ Visa

STEP 1: Scan and prepare soft copies of the required documents above. Each requirement is on one file, e.g., if you have US visa and entry and exit stamps, it should be in one PDF file.

STEP 2: Log in to your account or register using this link. If you don’t know how, see below.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

1. Register to an IRCC Account.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

2. Choose between registering with GCKey or with a Sign-In Partner (Canada Online Bank.) The first option is usually picked.

3. Choose a username and password and continue.

4. Answer a few questions, and your registration is complete.

STEP 3: Start your online application.

1. Click Apply to Come to Canada.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

2. Choose the option with a visitor visa.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

3. Check if you are eligible to apply with that category. Answer the questions asked.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

4. You will see your results. Click continue.

Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

5. Answer the next questions for your checklist. There needs to be a question with regards to a US visa or Canada visit so you could be eligible for CAN+. Click Continue.

Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

6. A checklist will show up.

STEP 4: Upload documents on your checklist.

CAN+ Visa – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

STEP 5: Pay the visa fee – CAD 185.

STEP 6: Wait for instruction regarding a Biometric Instruction Letter. If not, you’ll go immediately to STEP 8.

STEP 7: Have an appointment at the Visa Application Center to have your Biometrics taken. You’ll need to bring your passport, biometric instruction letter, and appointment letter.

STEP 8: You will get an e-mail about the decision and a Passport Request Letter. You need to print that and submit it along with your passport to the Visa Application Center.

STEP 9: Receive your passport and Canada Visa.

Note: Should you wish to apply at the Visa application Center and not online, please do bring your documents and show them your US Visa or Canada Exit/Entry Stamps so you can apply under CAN+. )

Addresses you can Use:

Canadian Embassy in the Philippines

Address: Level 6-8, RCBC Plaza Tower 2 1200, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, 1227
Contact Number: +02-8857-9000
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 AM – 4:15 PM, Friday, 7:30 AM – 12:00 NN

Canada Visa Application Centre

VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc., 29th Floor The World Center Bldg, 330 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
[email protected]

Canada Visa Application Centre – Cebu

VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc. 9F Keppel Center Unit 905 Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have an unused US Visa, can I get a CAN+?

Yes, you can, it does not state used visa, but rather a valid US Visa is acceptable.

2. My US Visa is in an old passport, can I get a CAN+ Visa with that?

Yes, as long as it is still valid.

3. I’m eligible for the CAN+ Visa, but can’t see the question related to it, what do I do?

If you are in a hurry, you may go to the Visa Application Center so that they can verify if you are eligible for the CAN+. For a paper application, however, there will be a service fee for the VFS.

4. I am still applying for a US visa, can I apply for a CAN+?

No, you can’t. You need to have a valid visa to show as proof. You can wait for your US Visa before Processing your Canadian visa.

5. Are there additional fees for a CAN+?

No, they are just the same as a Temporary Resident Visa.

6. How many days can I stay in Canada?

You can stay for less than 6 months.

7. How long is my Canadian Visa Valid?

10 years or depending on the validity of your passport, whichever is shorter.

I hope this guide is helpful for your application to Canada. Please note the CAN+ Visa Program is only suitable for Temporary Resident Visas and not the other types. It’s much faster and less hassle in documents. So if you have a US Visa or visited Canada for the last 10 years, Expedited Canadian Visa is very convenient.​

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20 thoughts on “CAN+ Visa Program – Expedited Canadian Visa Guide for Filipinos

  1. It seems that this question regarding US visa is nolonger on IRCC website questionnaire. Im renewing my Canada visa this month & started new online application. I reviewed every question but it’s nolonger there. I currently have valid US B1/B2 visa and travelled to Canada 6 months ago with my Canada visitor visa which is now expired since my passport also expired. Now have new passport and plan to travel again to Canada. My current location is Saudi Arabia.

  2. Hi Kach,

    I fill out the application form online exactly as stated in the steps above, but i didnt see the question about my US VISA.

    Where can i check it

  3. Good day! I am planning to apply for a Canada visit visa under the CAN+ program. I have a valid US tourist visa and my Canada visa just expired last April 2020. I have travelled to Canada and the US a couple of times in the last 5 years. However, when I tried the application online, there is no question asking for my past travels in the US and CA. Are Filipinos not qualified under this program? Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi
    Could you please help me if i am eligible for CAN+ program.I been Working in Canada last 2012 up to 2015.. Please let me know if i am able to apply to this program ..?
    Thank You

  5. Hi
    i live in australia having an indian passport but i have a valid u.s visa and have travelled as well
    can i apply can+ visa or do i have to be in my home country for this

  6. Hello,

    I want to apply for visitor visa for Canada. I have valid US B1/B2 visa and I have travel history also in US.

    I will be visiting my son in Canada. But, if I choose ‘Visit Family and Friends’ option in Purpose of Travel, it is not asking me questions for CAN + (i.e. if you have valid visa or not).

    However, if I choose option as ‘Tourism’ in Purpose of Travel, it gives me questions of CAN +.

    Is it ok to choose ‘Tourism’ in purpose of travel even though I will be staying with my son.


  7. Hi, hubby and I have valid US tourist visas and have travelled for 2 consecutive years with just 2 weeks to a month stay each time. Now we, want to avail the CAN+Visa but want to bring our 7 year old daughter this time. She doesn’t have a US visa though. How do we work on this?

  8. Hi. Thanks for the info. But given the virus outbreak, can I still apply for canandian tourist visa? I have travel plan on July 2020 to visit my relatives in British Columbia. TIA

  9. Can I apply now for CAN though I dont have travel plans this year, just a reserve incase I wanted to go anytime? Thank you

    1. I suggest you apply when the visa application centers are open. Right now, they aren’t due to ECQ.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.