Introduction
04 January 2014: 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 by VFS (GCC) LLC in Abu Dhabi on May 1, 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 UAE.

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.

The use of the CVAC is voluntary. Such service may also be obtained directly from CIC, either at the Canada visa office located in Abu Dhabi or by using CIC’s online application (E-Apps) system.
 

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. For best results

Print on white, bond quality, non glossy paper
Use of a laser printer is recommended

Important Note: Please inspect your printer form to confirm that barcodes appear on the last page (pages 5 of 5) Insert the barcode sheet on the top of all the  forms. The barcodes should appear clear and be free of any distortions, smudges or fading otherwise it may slow down the application process.
Step 3 : Mandatory requirement: Applicants are advised to read the attached privacy policy, fill out the VFS consent form and attach it with their application form.
Step 4 : Pay visa fees and biometrics fees, if required, as per instructions in the CIC fee schedule and also pay the VFS service fee
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.

OR Send your application to the CVAC as per Mail In procedure.
Step 6 : When applying at CVAC, pay the charges (both the visa fees & service charge in CASH in AED Dirhams or in Demand Drafts), 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.
Follow step 1, 2 and 3 as listed above
Step 1 : Visit Aramex courier branch or schedule a pick-up of your documents at your residence. In order to receive your passports by Aramex courier, you must include either:
1) A self-addressed pre-paid Aramex airway bill with the following information clearly written:
Receiver information:
Your complete name
Your complete physical address (NO P.O. BOX)
Your phone number (country code + area code + phone number)
Alternative contact information (country code + area code + phone number), if applicable

Shipper information:
Canada Visa Application Centre, Silver Wave Tower M-102 office, Al Meena Road,
AbuDhabi, 30023 UAE
Tel: 00971-4 20 55881
2) We will only return passports through Aramex. Self-addressed airway bills from other courier companies will be returned back unused. Courier charges mentioned in the Services & service charge scheduled reflect only to Domestic Courier applications. All International Courier will be Consignee Collection only.
Step 2 : Handover your completed and signed application forms and checklists, along with your passport, photographs, bank draft for Canada visa fee, bank draft for VFS service charges and courier fee receipt in a sealed envelope to the courier staff. The envelope should be addressed to: Canada Visa Application Centre, Silver Wave Tower M-102 office, Al Meena Road, Abu Dhabi, 30023 UAE; Tel: 00971-4 20 55881

Bank draft for Canada visa fee

1) The bank draft must be in Canadian dollars addressed to the: “Receiver General for Canada”. Please take note of the following:
a. Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
b. Only bank drafts containing the name and complete address of the Canadian bank will be accepted.
2) We do not accept personal or company cheques.
3) Bank drafts must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of issuance.
4) Please ensure that the bank does not forward your bank draft to this office.
5) Your payment must accompany your application.
6) Pay the exact fee for your application (do not add cents).

Bank draft payment instructions for Canada visa fee for residents of Kuwait ONLY:

1) Bank drafts are accepted for applications made in person, by mail or courier.
2) The bank draft must be in Canadian dollars.
3) If you are paying in Canadian dollars, the bank draft should be addressed to the: “Receiver General for Canada”. Please take note of the following:
a) Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
b) Only bank drafts containing the name and complete address of the Canadian bank will be accepted.
4) VFS service charges to be paid via demand draft only and the same should be in Emirati Dirhams (AED only). Demand draft must be addressed to “VFS GCC LLC”. Make sure no prefix is added along with VFS GCC LLC. Its mandatory to have a demand draft with ‘’ MICR Code’’
Note: - All banks in Kuwait issues Demand Drafts with MICR code if requested in 02 working days. In cases of urgency to get a Demand Draft on the same day, Applicants can visit an Agency called “DOLLOR CO.” where they can have the Demand Draft issues the same day.

Bank draft payment instructions for Canada visa fee for residents of Yemen ONLY:
1) Bank drafts are accepted for applications made in person, by mail or courier.
2) The bank draft must be either in Canadian dollars or UAE Dirhams.
3) If you are paying in Canadian dollars, the bank draft should be addressed to the: “Receiver General for Canada”. Please take note of the following:
a) Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
b) Only bank drafts containing the name and complete address of the Canadian bank will be accepted.
4) If you are paying in UAE dirhams, the bank draft should be addressed to the: “The Embassy of Canada”.

Bank draft for VFS service charges

1) VFS service charges to be paid via demand draft only and the same should be in Emirati Dirhams (AED only)
2) Demand draft must be addressed to “VFS GCC LLC”. Make sure no prefix is added along with VFS GCC LLC.
3) Its mandatory to have a demand draft with ‘’ MICR Code’’
4) Demand Draft should only be taken from the Banks & not any other exchange companies.
5) We do not accept personal or company cheques.
6) Bank drafts must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of issuance.
7) Please ensure that the bank does not forward your bank draft to this office.
8) Pay the exact fee for your application

Please note, if your application is received without the correct bank drafts for both visa fees and VFS service fees, we will not be able to process your application and the same will be returned to you.

 

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. Requesting return of passport by courier or;
3. 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. Courier charges where applicable are separate from the Service Charge applicable for Passport Transmission 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 (Canadian Visa Office) 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 Abu Dhabi, please click on the link below:
Track Your Application