Visa Application Centres now openning

Due to the situation with COVID-19, more Visa Application Centres (VACs) are reopening around the world and starting again to provide services to people who are seeking to visit Canada.

In Visa Application Centers, people can submit their biometrics as required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Individuals can provide their fingerprints, photos ID, and pay the fees as part of the biometrics collection process. Please note that Canada is obtaining biometrics in order to make it safer for individuals to enter the country.

Biometrics collection enables the Government of Canada to speed up processing and simplifies entry into Canada for low-risk travelers because the collection of biometrics identification such as fingerprints and a facial photo ID is considered an efficient tool to identify individuals and avoid identity theft or fraud.

All VACs have been closed as part of global measures to contain the coronavirus since March 2020.

The list of open Visa Application Centers is constantly being updated on IRCC’s website (where individuals can find more immigration news) means the below list may not contain every VAC that is currently opened, please check the updated list on CIC website:

Australia

Melbourne
Sydney

Austria

Vienna

Bahrain

Manama

Barbados

Bridgetown

China

Beijing
Chengdu
Chongqing
Guangzhou
Hangzhou
Jinan
Kunming
Nanjing
Shanghai
Shenyang

Fiji

Suva

France

Paris

Germany

Berlin
Düsseldorf

Ghana

Accra

Greece

Athens

Iraq

Erbil

Israel

Tel Aviv

Italy

Rome

Japan

Osaka
Tokyo

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

New Zealand

Auckland

Romania

Bucharest

Serbia

Belgrade

Spain

Madrid

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Thailand

Bangkok

The Netherlands

The Hague

Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi
Dubai

In case your local Visa Application Centres is still closed

IRCC will provide continuously provide updates to individuals who are unable to submit their biometrics at this time.

It will not refuse the application of an individual who is unable to provide their biometrics. automatic extensions on their biometrics deadlines will be applied by IRCC. Individuals do not have to give their biometrics until VAC sites re-open and they do not need to contact IRCC to request an extension on their deadline.

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are exempt from giving their biometrics abroad if their nearby Visa Application Center is shut and they are set to work in Canada as truck drivers, or in the health care or agriculture sectors. So In the event that they have not given their biometrics to Canada previously then exempt TFWs can do so when they get to Canada.

IRCC has also indicated they are thinking about extra changes to assist people with finishing the biometrics procedure all the more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About The Biometrics

1. How often do applicants need to give biometrics (fingerprints and a photo)?

Every individual needs to give biometrics once every 10 years.

2. What are the fees for biometrics?

The biometrics fees depend on whether applicants are applying alone, with family members, or as a group.
Individual applicants $85
Families applying together at the same time $170
Groups of 3 or more performing artists and their staff who apply for work permits at the same time $255

3. How about privacy? Are my biometrics secure?

The Government of Canada is having a secure internal system where all fingerprints are sent in an encrypted way to the Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification System. the data is automatically deleted from the database once the reception is confirmed.

4. Do I have to give my biometrics if I’m inside Canada?

Yes. Biometrics will be needed for anyone who is applying within Canada for a temporary work permit, study permit, visitor visa, and permanent residence. there are service centers across Canada to submit your biometrics.

5. Do I have to submit my biometrics personally each time?

Yes, the Government of Canada is requiring applicants to provide biometrics in order to allow the visa officer to verify the identity of applicants.

6. Do I need to submit my biometrics if I already have a valid Canadian visitor visa?

No, he doesn’t need to. means if someone is holding a valid visitor visa, he will not be required to give biometrics again until the next time he applies.

 

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