Credit or debit cards, money orders and certified checks are used by American citizens to pay fees for a Canadian visitor-entry visa, according to the Government of Canada. The payment method depends on how the application was filed.
As of Aug. 15, 2015, fees for a visitor visa are $80 for an individual and a maximum of $405 for a family, explains the Government of Canada. There is no cost for a transit visa, which is active for no more than 48 hours after entry. For online applications, go to the Canada Immigration and Citizenship website at CIC.gc.ca, and answer several eligibility questions. People who are eligible to file online create a MyCIC account. After completing the application, payment is made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
To apply by paper application and pay online, a person needs PDF software, a printer, valid payment method and valid email address, notes the Government of Canada. The receipt, sent to the email address, is printed and sent with the application. In-person applications are available at the Canadian visa offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Certified checks, drawn on an American bank, or money orders are accepted. The payment in Los Angeles and New York is payable to the Consulate General of Canada Payments for applications filed in Washington, D.C. are payable to the Embassy of Canada.