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HOW TO APPLY

Submit Your Application In Person

Temporary Resident Visa / Permits and Travel Documents – In-Person Application Process

Step 1

Read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the IRCC website and download the appropriate application forms and checklist relevant to the purpose of your visit.

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.

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 CRDVC waiver form and attach it with your application form.

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

Step 3

We strongly advise you to read the attached privacy policy and to complete and sign the VFS Consent Form. prior to submitting your application at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).

If a completed and signed CRDVC 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 the IOM service at Banco de Costa Rica branch.

  • For deposits in Colones: Account number : 176612-0

The applicant will be asked to show a proof of payment and an ID at the CVAC.

Step 5

Pay visa fees and biometric fee, if required, as per instructions in the IRCC fee list.

Step 6

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 IRCC 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 7

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.

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

Read complete information on the visa/permit requirements on the IRCC website and download the appropriate application forms and checklist relevant to the purpose of your visit.

Step 2

Fill out the application form and other relevant documents.

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 CRDVC waiver form and attach it with your application form.

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

Step 3

We strongly advise you to read the attached privacy policy and to complete and sign the VFS Consent Form. prior to submitting your application at the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC).

If a completed and signed CRDVC 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 as per instructions in the IRCC fee list.

All applicants submitting an application through the CVAC must include a payment for the visa application processing fee

If you are paying in American dollars, the international bank draft should be addressed to the: EMBAJADA DE CANADA

If you are paying in Canadian dollars, the money order should be addressed to the: Receiver General for Canada or Receveur général du Canada

Your payment must accompany your application.

Step 5

Pay service fees as per instructions in services and service charge schedule.

If you are paying in Costa Rican Colones you should deposit into: Banco de Costa Rica, Account : 176612-0

Step 6

Mail in your completed and signed application forms and checklists, along with your passport, photographs and the bank draft in a sealed envelope to Canada Visa Application Centre, Central Avenue, 27-29 Street, Barrio La California, San Jose, Costa Rica

Step 7

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. –

Please check the “Useful and Important Links “section of this website. Processing times for postal applications take longer due to the period that they are in transit to and from the Canada Visa Application Centre

It is the Applicant’s responsibility to check the details of the visa issued to ensure that it is valid for the date of proposed entry to Canada, the number of entries required, and for the purpose of the trip. This should be done immediately after collection of your passport. Please note that the validity period and number of entries is determined solely by the visa office and may differ from what was requested in your application.

Incomplete applications or applications with insufficient funds will not be processed and shall be returned. All the applicants are requested to remove their passport covers/ leather pouches before sending their passports along with their visa applications. Our office will not be responsible for lost/misplaced passport covers.

Submit Your Passport

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 this Canada Visa Application Centre

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 (s) and this passport request letter:

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

    Or,

  2. 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 from the CVAC or;
  2. Sending a prepaid self-addressed courier return envelope along with your passport and request letter

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 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