Increase in the amount of Visas for 2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games

Toronto has been lucky enough to hold both the 2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games. With the result of the games being held here many people are looking to visit Canada which has been causing the Canadian Government to issue many visas.

2015_Pan_American_GamesIndividuals can apply though the accreditation process if they meet Canada’s admission requirements, which are identified as either a Parapan American Games “Family Member” or “PAFM/PPFM”. The individual can go through the accreditation process where The National Olympic Committee (NOC) will provide PAFM/PPFM with an invitation to apply via the accredited visa process and submit the visa. Those who meet the requirements can also apply for a Pan Am Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC), those that don’t meet the requirements can try applying for a visitor’s visa or a “Volunteer Attestation Letter”, from the Toronto Pan Am Organizing Committee (TO2015).  Workers for the games must apply for either a visitor’s visa or a work permit, whichever is applicable. Going to be an exciting summer!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Mira Freiwat

    Hello Leo,

    Thank you for your inquiry. I am sorry to hear about your friends refusal, especially when the games start very soon. I would not suggest that you reapply for him on your own seeing as how he already has a refusal on his record, anything that you submit now will be under further scrutiny. Please email us at, and if you would like, we can assist you in reapplying to ensure a greater chance of success this time around! MF

  • Leo Samarillo

    my friend from Pakistan applied for visitor visa and were refused, results asked reason for trip, Pan Am Games , I doubt they read our applications !!!!!!!!!! Not it’s too late to reapply

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