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HOW TO APPLY

Submit Your Application In Person

Step 1

Read complete information on visa/permit requirements on the IRCC website and download the appropriate application forms and checklist relevant to the purpose of your visit. Please refer to the “Prepare Your Application” page to obtain details on visas/permits.

As of 4 September 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 electronically and print.

Forms (including the barcoded sheets) are to be printed on a white, bond quality, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer.

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 CVAC waiver form and attach it with your application form.

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

Step 3

Read the privacy policy, fill out the CVAC consent form and attach it with your application form.

IMPORTANT : If a completed and signed CVAC consent form is not included with the application, we will NOT be able to assist you, and your application will be returned to you.

Step 4

Pay visa fees and biometric fee, if required, as per instructions on the IRCC website.
Please note that when submitting application via the CVAC, in person or by mail, visa fees must be paid in addition to CVAC (IOM) service charge.

Step 5

Visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC) and make sure you bring your passport, photographs, completed forms and all supporting documents as per checklist and IRCC fee and payment instructions. Applicable CVAC service charges will be levied. Please ensure you bring an accepted method of payment.

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

Once you are at CVAC, pay the service charges, hand your complete application and obtain a receipt. This receipt contains your unique tracking number which you will need 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.

Mail Your Application

As of 4 September 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

Review information on visitor visa, study permit or work permit requirements on the IRCC website and download appropriate application forms and checklists based on the purpose of your visit. Please refer to the “Prepare Your Application” page to obtain details on visas/permits.

Step 2

Fill out the application form and other relevant documents electronically and print.

Forms (including the barcoded sheets) are to be printed on a white, bond quality, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer.

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 CVAC waiver form and attach it with your application form.

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

Step 3

Read the privacy policy, fill out the CVAC consent form and attach it with your application form.

IMPORTANT : If a completed and signed CVAC consent form is not included with the application, we will NOT be able to assist you, and your application will be returned to you.

Step 4

Pay visa fees as per instructions on the IRCC website

IMPORTANT: If your application is received without the correct payment for visa fees, we will NOT be able to assist you and your application will be returned to you.

Step 5

Pay required CVAC Service Charge, and any fees for additional CVAC services, as per the Service Charge List provided on the CVAC Website.

IMPORTANT: If your application is received without the correct payment for CVAC service charges, we will NOT be able to assist you and your application will be returned to you.

Payment Instructions for CVAC Service Charges:

BANK OF AFRICA - COTE D’IVOIRE
Angle Avenue Terrasson de Fougères et Rue Gourgas
01 B.P. 4132 Abidjan 01 – Côte d’Ivoire
Tél : (225) 20 30 34 00
Fax : (225) 20 30 34 01
Website: www.boacoteivoire.com

IOM Bank Account Number: 01215290002

Step 6

Arrange forms and documents according to the IRCC checklist.

Step 7

Complete and sign the CVAC Mail-in Application Checklist, make sure you include it along with the application(s).

Step 8

Decide how you want your documents to be returned to you.

Document collection or delivery after processing of your application by the Canadian Visa Office:

  1. If you have opted for collection of your documents in person or through an authorized representative, you will receive an email notification advising you to collect your documents from the CVAC.
  2. If you have opted for return of documents through courier or through a self-addressed prepaid envelope, the CVAC shall courier the documents upon receipt from the Canadian Visa Office. Please be sure to include a pre-paid mailer with Priority or Express Mail service (DHL, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) in your application with your name and address on it.

Step 9

Mail in or courier your completed and signed application forms, checklists, consent form, along with your passport, photographs, visa fee, CVAC service charge & courier charge (where applicable) in a sealed envelope to Canada Visa Application Centre,
Canada Visa Application Centre
International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Abidjan
27 BP, 739 Abidjan 27, Côte d'Ivoire.

Please be sure to include a pre-paid mailer with Priority or Express Mail service (DHL, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) in your application with your name and address on it.

Step 10

Track your delivery with the postal or courier company used to submit your application(s) to the CVAC.

Step 11

You will receive an email notification containing your application tracking ID from the CVAC within 2 working days of receipt of your application.

Submit Your Passport

If you have received notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, your passport along with the request letter may be submitted through this Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).

Please note that there will be a Service Charge for the above service. The details can be obtained here.

With your passport(s), make sure you include:

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

How to submit your passport:

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

  1. In person/ through an authorized representative at the CVAC
  2. Or,

  3. 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 or through an authorized representative at the CVAC or;
  2. or;

  3. Sending a prepaid self-addressed courier return envelope along with your passport and request letter

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

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