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Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: Countries and Territories Requiring Visas, to see if you need a visa.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you need a visa to visit Canada, it is strongly suggested that you apply as early as possible. The Consulate General of Canada in New York can take up to 2 months to process tourist visas.
Canadian visitor visas are called Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs); this is the type of visa you will need to visit Canada for tourism.
There are two types of TRVs:
A single-entry TRV allows you to travel between the United States and Canada for six months after you first use the visa, but before its written expiration date. If you wish to enter from a country other than the US you may only use this visa once.
A mulitple-entry TRV allows you to enter Canada many times, from any country for the duration of the visa (usually twelve (12) months).
The choice of visitor visa is entirely your own. From practice, we know that multiple-entry visas are valid for a longer period of time and they not misunderstood by U.S. Border Patrol.
Please visit the following link for TRV fee information:
Please pay only the exact amount listed on the fee schedule. You MUST pay with a money order. Personal checks, cashier's checks, or other methods of payment will not be accepted.
If you have do not know how to complete the Form IMM 5257 please read the instructions listed on the Applying for a Temporary Resident Visa Outside Canada (IMM 5256) website.
Yes, once you have collected all of the required documents you should schedule an appointment with the International Student Advisor to have your application reviewed. At this appointment the International Student Advisor will produce an Enrollment Verification Letter.
Since you will send your passport, we recommend that you include a self-addressed Express Mail envelope with your application.
Buy two Express Mail envelopes from the United States Post Office (USPS), which is located at 10 Miller St.
In one envelope, you will send your application, the second envelope you will place inside the first envelope with your application. This will guarantee that the Canadian Consulate General will send back your passport by Express Mail.
Be sure to write down the tracking number for EACH Express Mail envelope.
The cost for each envelope will be about 20 USD.
Send your application to the following address:
Consulate General of Canada
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York
The average processing time for the Consulate General of Canada in New York is 2 months. Please factor the Consulate's processing times into your Canadian visa planning.
If anything is missing from your application, the Canadian Consulate will return your documents without a visa with a request that you re-submit the application with all the required documents.
If you have any questions about international admission or financial aid at SUNY-Plattsburgh, please contact:
Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA
Phone: (518) 564-3287
Fax: (518) 564-3292