Note: Effective 2019, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) at a Visa Application Centre when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are a national of a country or territory in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, or if you are a national of a country that is already biometrics required. Visit for more information

  • Scheduling an appointment for Biometric Enrolment is optional – walk-in clients are always welcome to submit their biometrics without a prior appointment. Note however that a planned visit with a preferred time slot via an appointment at the Visa Application Centre guarantees prompt service, thus eliminating longer waiting time resulting in inconvenience. You can schedule an appointment at the nearest Visa Application Centre, either through the VAC website or by calling the call center at +974 40174257.

Temporary resident visa, study and work permit applicants only need to give biometrics once every 10 years;

  • However, permanent residence applicants will need to give biometrics with each application.
  • If you have applied for a temporary resident visa, study or work permit in the past and are unsure if the biometrics have been provided, Please refer to the IRCC website (, and “Find out if your biometrics are still valid
  • Refer to the IRCC website for a list of visa-required countries for temporary residents:
  • For the purposes of biometric collection, nationality is based on the nationality you have declared in question number 6 (*Citizenship) on the IRCC application form.
  • Applicants who have submitted an application online to IRCC must present a Biometric Instruction Letter to enrol their biometrics. To find out more about biometrics visit the IRCC website
  • Applicants applying in person at a VAC do not need to present a Biometric Instruction Letter.Nationals from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and those who are already biometrics required from Asia and the Americas only need to provide biometrics once every 10 years for temporary resident visa, study or work permit applications. However these permanent resident applicants will need to give biometrics regardless of whether they gave biometrics in the past.However permanent resident applicants will need to give biometrics regardless of whether they gave biometrics in the past.

Apply for a study permit, work permit, visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or travel document for permanent residents.

Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

If you need to provide your biometrics, the CVAC will collect your biometrics at the same time you submit your application. DO NOT submit your application by mail

Step 1 :

Read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the IRCC website and download the appropriate application forms and checklist relevant to the purpose of your visit.

Step 2 :

Fill out the application form and other relevant documents. For best results

Print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper

Use of a laser printer is recommended

Important Note: Please inspect your printed form to confirm that barcodes appear on the last page (page 5 of 5). Insert the barcode sheet on the top of the all forms. The barcodes should appear clear and be free of any distortions smudges or fading otherwise it may slowdown the application process.

If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC document checklist, you are required to fill out and sign the waiver form and attach it with your application form.

Failure to provide a completed and signed waiver form may result in additional delays or refusal of your application for a visa, permit or travel document.

Step 3 :

Mandatory requirement: Applicants are advised to read the privacy policy, fill out the VFS Consent Form.pdf and attach it with their application form. Note: If a completed and signed VFS consent form is not included with the application, we will not be able to assist you, and will be obligated to return the application to you.

Step 4 :

Pay visa fees as per instructions in the IRCC fee list, and also pay the VFS service fee.

Step 5 :

Visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), make sure you bring your passport, photographs, completed forms and all supporting documents as per checklist and IRCC fee instrument. Applicable service charges will be levied.

Important Note: If you need to give your biometrics, the CVAC will collect your biometrics at the same time you submit your application. DO NOT submit your application by mail to this CVAC.


Send your application to the CVAC as per Mail In procedure.

Step 6 :

When applying at CVAC, pay the service charges, submit complete application and obtain a receipt. This receipt contains a unique tracking number which is important as it is required to track the progress of your application online.

Important Note: If you need to provide biometrics, your $85 CAD biometric fee covers the CVAC service charge for application handling.


Please check the status of your application online at Track Application

Applicants are advised to collect the passports from visa application center in person. They should bring along a valid photograph identity proof.


If you have received notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, your passport(s) along with the copy of passport request letter may be submitted through this Canada Visa Application Centre. You should submit your passport(s) at the same VAC where you recently provided your biometrics to avoid paying additional fees.

How to submit your passport:

Once you receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, you can submit the passport (s) and make sure you also include along with the documentation noted below:

  • The passport request letter you received from IRCC
  • Any applicable visa application centre (VAC) Service fees, such as passport transmission fees, courier fees etc.
  • Your contact information, including your email, phone number and return address
  • The VAC consent forms

You can submit your passport (s):

  1. In person/ through an authorized representative at the CVAC
  2. By courier/mail to the CVAC address mentioned on the ”Contact Us” page.

To retrieve your passport (s), you have the choice of;

  1. Picking up the passport in person from the CVAC or;

Please note that there is a Service Charge to return your passport directly to you by courier from the VAC. This service charge is separate from the Service Charge for Passport Transmission Services, which covers the secure transmission of your passport/documents from the VAC to the Canadian Visa Office and from the Canadian Visa Office back to the VAC. The pricing for these service charges can be obtained here

The Passport Transmission Services offered by the CVACs will enable you to;

  1. Get your passport delivered to the Canadian Visa Office in a timely and safe manner.
  2. Track the status of your passport by using the Tracking tool on the CVAC website