I am a citizen of India and an international student in Canada. I am taking an airindia flight from India to Canada and during web check-in, they are asking for both "Visa Issuing Country" and "Country where the visa applies." I'm confused about the answers. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  • I think they are asking because you can enter Canada on visa from US as well in which case visa issuing country and where visa applies will be different. Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 17:10
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    @TravellingJuggernaut what are you talking about? No visa from the US can substitute for any Canadian visa.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 17:13
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    Shb1729: I'd be inclined to respond "Canada" to both. Canada issued your visa, and your visa applies to Canada. These things are sometimes somewhat redundant. (The only reason I can think of right now to ask these questions separately is that some Schengen countries issue visas on behalf of other Schengen countries because of mutual representation agreements. This is obviously not relevant to Canada, but the form design probably doesn't take that into account.)
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 17:16
  • @phoog : This is what i was refering to help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-751?language=en_US Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 17:28
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    @TravellingJuggernaut cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=1020&top=16 "Do I need a Canadian visa if I have a United States visa? Yes, most travellers need a visitor visa or an eTA to travel to, or transit through, Canada. What you need depends on: the type of travel document you will travel with; the country that issued your travel document; your nationality; and how you will travel to Canada."
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 18:03

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Visa Issuing Country:

For this question, enter India. This is because your visa was issued by a Canadian visa office located in India, regardless of where the visa application process started. Even if you had to submit documents or attend an interview elsewhere, ultimately, the visa you hold was issued in India.

Country where the visa applies:

Here, enter Canada. This is because your visa is for entry into Canada. Even though you obtained it in India, its purpose is for travelling to and staying in Canada.

Therefore, your answers will be:

Visa Issuing Country: India

Country where the visa applies: Canada

  • India did not issue the visa. I think this covers cases where a Canadian, Schengen or US visa can be used to enter Mexico. Commented Jan 21 at 19:48
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    Thus is clearly incorrect. The country which issued the visa is Canada, not India. It may have been issued IN India, it was issued BY Canada.
    – jcaron
    Commented Jan 21 at 19:49
  • I agree with the reasons stated by @phoog in comments above, and assess this answer as incorrect, and downvoted. Commented Jan 21 at 19:50

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