I was denied an ETA application into Canada because of my purpose of travel and ties to Canada or country of residence.

I am a 20 year old engineering student in Turkey who has been to America on tour before. I want to apply for visa to tour Canada for two weeks in January. The only tie I have here is an educational tie.

Will it help if I reapply with a letter from my university here and also an invitation from a Canadian resident? Or is it better if I return to my home country Nigeria and re-apply.

  • I do not understand how your American tour has any interest for this question.
    – Vince
    Dec 22, 2016 at 13:19
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    @Vince Having held a US visa and having followed its terms, including leaving on time, would be positive travel history. Oct 2, 2020 at 6:29

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First off being a Nigerian citizen, you are not eligible for an ETA to Canada unless you are a US Permanent Resident, which it would appear you are not.

For a visitors visa as a student, it is pretty standard that you get a letter from your school indicating you're enrolled and that the duration of visit will not affect your studies.

If you're going as a tourist as you indicate, you don't need an invitation letter from a resident of Canada. You will need hotel bookings, proof of having booked a tour with a tour company (if that is your mode of tourism), etc

Finally as to whether it is better to apply from Turkey or Nigeria, it shouldn't make a difference. As a student in Turkey you are allowed to apply from Turkey per the Canadian Government website. You can apply online or using paper. See below:

If you are applying on paper we recommend that you apply for a visa from your home country. However, if you are legally admitted to the country you are currently in, you can apply at your nearest visa application centre (VAC). The VAC can help make sure your application is complete and that all proper documentation is included. You must state clearly on your application why you have not applied in your normal country of residence.

Supporting Documents

Travel History


Proof of Financial Resource of Supporter

Proof of Means of Financial Support

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Purpose of Travel

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