Important Update: Please be informed that starting from 03 November 2019, VFS Global will accept applications and collect biometrics at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Erbil, Iraq under a new set of requirements and services. For information on the VAC service changes for applications submitted on or after 03 November 2019, please visit www.Canada.ca/visa-application-centre.
For applications submitted on or before 31 October 2019, the Canada Visa Application Centre will continue to provide services until 30 January 2020. During this period, the VAC will remain open for applicants to collect their documents. The last date for the collection of documents will be 30 January 2020. A notification will be sent to applicants when documents are ready for collection.
Applications received after COB on 31 October 2019 must be prepared according to the new requirements. If we receive a mail-in application after COB that was prepared according to the old requirements, it will hold up the processing of the application, and may result in its return to the sender.
For applications received on or before 31 October 2019, the VAC will continue to return documents to applicants at the VAC from 03 November 2019 until30 January 2020. A notification will be sent when documents are ready for collection.
The VAC will return all unclaimed documents to the IRCC Office on 02 February 2020. The IRCC Office will coordinate the return of documents for these applications.
Please visit www.Canada.ca/visa-application-centre for more details on the VAC service changes.
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.Visit Canada.gc.ca/biometrics 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 0662446760