Introduction
Changes to temporary resident fees. See the CIC news release for more information.

VFS Global is pleased to announce the opening of the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) operated in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bulgaria on 6 August 2013.
CVAC is the exclusive service provider for the Government of Canada, authorised to accept applications in all temporary resident categories (visitor visas, study and work permits) and travel document applications from Canada’s permanent residents in Bulgaria.

CVAC is authorized to provide administrative support services, such as; the collection of visa applications, fees and return of passports in sealed decision envelopes to applicants. CVAC can also assist in scheduling interviews on behalf of the Canada visa office. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by immigration officers of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). All applications will be assessed in accordance with Canada’s immigration visa rules and guidelines. CVAC has no role or influence over the outcome of an application and will not offer any evaluative advice.
 
 
Step 1 : Read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the CIC website and download the appropriate application forms and checklist relevant to the purpose of your visit.

As of September 4, 2013, you may need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.
Step 2 : Fill out the application form and other relevant documents.
Step 3 : We strongly advise you to read the attached privacy policy and to complete and sign the VFS Consent Form.pdf prior to submitting your application at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).
If a completed and signed VFS consent form in 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 and biometric fee, if required, as per instructions in the CIC fee schedule.

Residents of Bulgaria can make their payment in EURO or Leva by making Cash Payment at Union Bank ONLY directly into the account of the Canadian Embassy. Payments must be in the exact amount; it is important to ensure that the amount transferred will not be reduced by bank transfer charges.
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 CIC 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.
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.

 
 
As of September 4, 2013, you may need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

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

Step 1 : Follow step 1, 2 and 3 as listed above
Step 2 : Pay visa fees as per instructions in the CIC fee schedule
Step 3 : Pay IOM service fees as listed on the fee schedule by making a bank deposit to the following account: BIC: UNCRBGSF IBAN: BG83UNCR76301009185000 receipient: IOM In the « reason for payment » field enter IOM service fee or Passport transmission fee.
Step 4 : Mail in your completed and signed application forms and checklists, along with your passport, photographs and the bank deposit slip(s) covering payments for the CVO visa fee AND the IOM VAC Service Charge/Passport Transmission Charge in a sealed envelope to Canada Visa Application Centre, 77 Tzar Assen Street, 1st floor, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Step 5 : Please make sure your application includes your complete mailing address.

The CVAC will return your result and passport through a charge upon delivery postal service. All mailing costs are to be paid for by the applicant.
Note : The unique tracking number to track the progress of your application will be emailed to you once your application has been reviewed for completeness by the CVAC staff

 
 
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 Visa Application Centre of your choice.

How to submit your passport:

Once you receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, you can submit the passport (s) and your passport request letter:

1. In person/ through an authorized representative at the CVAC
  Or,
2. By courier/mail to the VAC address mentioned on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

For Return of your Passport (s), you have the choice of;

1. Picking up the passport from the VAC or;
2. Sending a prepaid self-addressed courier return envelope along with your passport and request letter
Please note that there will be a Service Charge for the above services. The details can be obtained here.

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

1. Get your passport delivered to the CVO in a timely and safe manner.
2. You will be able to track the status of your passport by using the Tracking tool on the CVAC website
 
Track Your Application Online
To track the status of your temporary resident application (visitor visa, study or work permit) or Canada permanent resident travel document application applied at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Sofia, please click on the link below:
Track Your Application