What is a Visa Application Center (Canada Visa Application Centre)?4 min read
Canada Visa Application Centers were created to assist clients with the paperwork for their applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada offices around the world, for all categories of temporary residents (visitor visas, study and work permits) as well as applications for travel documents.
Can I make an emergency appointment?
If you urgently need to make an appointment to register your biometric data, the criteria are as follows:
Applicants requesting an emergency appointment to have their biometrics registered must provide proof of emergency (see below) when reporting for their appointment at the VAC
An emergency biometrics appointment does not impact application processing times or the outcome of the application.
Please note that you cannot use the online appointment booking system for emergency biometrics appointments. To schedule an emergency biometric appointment, please contact the CVAC Help Center or come to the CVAC in person.
You can submit your application at the Canada Visa Application Center. It is also possible to apply to IRCC through the IRCC online application system (electronic applications).
Can my application be submitted by another person?
Do I have to go there to give my fingerprints and take a photo each time I apply?
If you are applying for a temporary resident visa, study permit and/or work permit and need to provide biometrics, you only need to provide your biometrics once every 10 years .
If you are applying for permanent residence and need to provide biometrics, you will need to do so each time you apply.
Once my biometric data is registered, how long will my fingerprints be valid?
Your fingerprints will also be permanently erased if you obtain Canadian citizenship during this 10-year periodPlease note that the applicant’s personal information will be collected by VFS Global for the sole purpose of scheduling an appointment. In this regard, the applicant must provide a consent form.
How do I pay the Canada Visa Application Center Service Fee?
Payment Instructions for Canada Visa Application Center Service Fee: Service Fee .Once you have submitted your application to the Visa Application Centre, staff at the center will perform a completeness check in accordance with IRCC requirements and then submit your application on your behalf the next working day.
As soon as a decision has been made on your application, the visa office will return your passport securely to the Visa Application Center who will inform you via the means of communication you have chosen. You will also receive a notification via the online request tracking system when your request is ready for collection. Your request will then be returned to you, in accordance with the method you have chosen.
What type of visa do I need?
The type of visa you need depends on the purpose of your trip to Canada. For more information on visa types, please see the detailed information available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website
Note that a service fee will be charged for the above services. Courier charges, if any, are billed separately from service charges applicable to passport transmission services.
You can find more information on the Service fees page .
What documents do I need to collect my passport?
For the most recent application processing times, please check the local visa office website.
Will I have to go to an interview at the visa office?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may call you for an interview at the visa office. The Visa Application Center will contact you, or you may be contacted directly by the visa office, and you will also be notified through a notification on the online application tracking system.
What other services are offered?
The Visa Application Center provides a variety of additional services for your convenience and to facilitate your application, such as photocopying, courier services, and data entry assistance (help filling in forms) . For further
What documents do I need for my visa application?
The documents required depend on the purpose of your trip. Please see the section on visa types and follow the relevant links provided there, or go to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.
Can the visa office ask me to provide additional documents or information?
Yes, the visa office may ask you to submit additional documents. An update will be made on the online application tracking system and will be followed by an email to ensure that you receive the instructions correctly. You will then be asked to drop off the additional documents at the visa application centre, which will then submit them to the visa office on your behalf.
I would like to go to Canada as a student. What are the funding requirements?
Funding requirements for students depend, among other things, on the expected length of your stay in Canada. We recommend that you consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website for the most up-to-date information and verify that your documents meet these criteria when submitting your application to the visa application centre.
If you are a student and your destination is the province of Quebec, we also recommend that you consult the information available on the Immigration-Quebec website .