The Canadian government has announced that it will reopen Visa Application Centres (VACs) services in India on November 20, 2020.
The government announced that VAC’s in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, can schedule limited biometrics appointments.
International students and family class applicants will be prioritized phase wise.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, limited services will be provided by VACs in India until further notice.
VAC’s at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jalandhar and Mumbai
Family Class applicants
The applicants under this category can start scheduling limited biometric enrolment appointments at Canada Visa Application Centres in 6 cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru Chandigarh, Delhi, Jalandhar and Mumbai effective November 20, 2020.
Canada visa applicants who have applied online family class priority applications- spouses, partners and children (FCP), can register/enroll biometrics at Canada Visa Applications Centers in 6 cities as of 25 November 2020.
Students who have submitted online applications for a study permit (SP) and priority family class- spouses, partners and children (FCP) can enroll biometrics at Canada Visa Application Centres in these 6 cities as of 02 December 2020.
VAC’s at Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune
Visa applicants for Canada can start scheduling limited biometric enrolment appointments at the Canada Visa Application Centres in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Pune effective 25 November 2020.
Canada visa applicants who have submitted online applications for study permits (SP) and priority family class-spouses, partners and children (FCP) can enroll biometrics at Canada Visa Applications Centres in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Pune effective 02 December 2020.
Candidates cannot walk-in directly in VAC’s to schedule their appointments as of now. The appointments are scheduled online only. They can select the time slots between 09.00-16.00 hours depending upon the availability at the concerned VAC’s.
Who can give Bio metrics?
Biometrics are normally necessary for foreign nationals who are looking to obtain a visitor visa, study permit, work permit, permanent residence, visitor record, refugee or asylum status, or requesting an extension to their study or work permit.
The candidates can biometric fee along with the application submission. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues a unique Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL). The candidates will receive this letter within 3 days after submitting the application. Further, they will receive more instructions to their email ID about how to schedule a biometric appointment.
They need to submit their photos and fingerprints at the VAC. The aim of biometrics is a way to measure a person’s physical characteristics to verify and confirm their identity when they enter the country.