How to Resize and Merge your Canadian Visa documents the right way

Document: How to Merge your Canadian Visa documents

If you’re planning to travel to Canada, you’ll need to make sure your document is in order before submitting them online.


This includes your visa and every other necessary document.

Unfortunately, each of the documents you need to upload online must be within IRCC guideline

This means that, if your documents are not within the IRCC guideline, you have to resize and merge the documents to keep them within limits.


Fortunately, the process is relatively simple and this guide will explain how to resize & merge your Canadian Visa documents, and the IRCC acceptable file formats for your application.

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As well as the file size restrictions imposed by IRCC, and what to do if your files are not in line with IRCC demand.


This applies to all IRCC online applications, including those for temporary permits like International Experience Canada (IEC) or study permits as well as those for permanent residents like Express Entry.

IRCC accepts the following file types .pdf, .tiff, .jpg, .png, .doc, and .docx., aside these formats, the system will reject any other document formats that you attempt to upload.

What is the file size restriction for the IRCC online application?

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The file size limit is 4MB, and all uploaded files must be no larger than 4MB.

If your photographs are high resolution, you’ll undoubtedly run into some issues.

If the size of your file exceeds the 4MB restriction set by IRCC, you must make it smaller to fit in.


You will frequently be required by IRCC to resize and merge several documents into a single file.

Since the IRCC forbids any alternatives, resizing and merging your documents is the only way to work around it if they are bigger than 4MB.

To convert, merge and resize (or reduce) your Canadian Visa documents follow simple steps.

How to resize and merge your Canadian Visa documents

How to resize your Canadian Visa documents (word documents)

  1. Open the first document you wish to resize.
  2. Click on the “Page Layout” tab.
  3. In the “Page Setup” section, click on the “Size” drop-down menu and select the “A4” option.
  4. Click on the “File” menu and select the “Print” option.
  5. In the “Printer” section, select the “Fit to Page” option.
  6. Click on the “OK” button.

This will help you resize your document and make them acceptable to IRCC.

For PDF documents

How to resize your Canadian Visa documents

  1. Create your PDF documents Using the least file size possible.
  2. Remove unnecessary images and parts.
  3. Ensure you maintain good quality while reducing the size of the documents.

For JPG documents

  1. Remove empty spaces in the image.
  2. Save them at a 96 DPI resolution (dots per inch).
  3. If possible, shrink the image further to get a lower size while maintaining acceptable quality.

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For TIFF and PNG format files

  1. Try saving your image as a JPG instead of a TIFF or PNG because JPG files sometimes have lesser file sizes.
  2. Reduce the resolution of your document scan (96 DPI).
  3. Remove any white space around the image by cropping it.
  4. Resize the picture if possible.

DOCX format

  1. Eliminate all extraneous formatting, photos, and macros.
  2. Any photos should be compressed before being added to the document.
  3. Save the file as a PDF if it’s still too big.

How to resize and merge your Canadian visa documents online

Thanks to software, you can comfortably resize and merge your Canadian visa documents online.

You can use a software program, such as

  1. Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud
  3. PDF2GO.
  4. Online2PDF
  5. Soda PDF and
  6. PD2word.

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Adobe Acrobat: You can edit PDFs with Adobe Acrobat by changing the file size, editing individual pages, and joining documents together.

Adobe Creative Cloud: The editing software from Adobe Creative Cloud is very helpful and you can use it to resize and merge your documents.


To utilize these products, you would require a membership to the Adobe Suite, which is not free.

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Once you obtain your membership, you can edit and resize your documents.

Whichever online platform you choose to use, ensure it’s secure and good for your documents.

Can I submit Excel Document?

You cannot submit excel documents when submitting your Canadian Visa documents.

Excel files are not accepted as part of the submission process.


In conclusion, you can resize and merge your Canadian visa documents by following the steps in this article.

We hope you found this article helpful.



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