I hold an Indian passport and I'm travelling from the US to India via Canada. I know a transit Vlvisa is required in my case. However my agent warned that getting a transit visa may be delayed or it may get rejected. So I may want to change my itinerary while I still can (I have a 24-hour window) rather than take the risk.

Considering I have 3 months in hand, do you think it is really a risk? I live in Atlanta, Georgia and there is no Canada consulate around. That means I can't apply in person.

Can anybody share his/her experience with the Canada transit visa process. How long does it take? Are they finicky about the documents provided? Will they ask for more documents as follow-up, because that is going to add time to the processing time?


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I suspect transit visas to be much quicker to process than even a regular visitor visa. If you're in the US, a visitor visa takes on average 28 to 41 days (reference), so with 3 months to spare I think you're on the safe side. I do suggest you apply at the LA office as it seems to be speedier than the NY one.

Quoting the CIC website:

Most applications for transit visas are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times vary depending on the visa office.


Assuming you are you a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and have an alien registration card (Green Card) then you are eligible for an eTA and:

Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.

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