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Submit Your Application In-Person

Apply for a study permit, work permit, visitor visa (temporary resident visa) or travel document for permanent residents.

Note: Effective 31 July 2018, 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 if you are a national of a country or territory in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, or if you are a national of a country that is already biometrics required. Visit Canada.gc.ca/biometrics for more information Effective 31 July 2018, 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 if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa. Find out if you need to give your biometrics. Temporary resident visa, study and work permit applicants only need to give biometrics once every 10 years;

  • Temporary resident visa, study and work permit applicants only need to give biometrics once every 10 years;
  • However, permanent residence applicants will need to give biometrics with each application.
  • If you have applied for a temporary resident visa, study or work permit in the past and are unsure if the biometrics have been provided, Please refer to the IRCC website (Canada.gc.ca/biometrics), and “Find out if your biometrics are still valid”
  • Refer to the IRCC website for a list of visa-required countries for temporary residents: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html
  • For the purposes of biometric collection, nationality is based on the nationality you have declared in question number 6 (*Citizenship) on the IRCC application form.
  • Applicants who have submitted an application online to IRCC must present a Biometric Instruction Letter to enrol their biometrics. To find out more about biometrics visit the IRCC website
  • Applicants applying in person at a VAC do not need to present a Biometric Instruction Letter.
  • Nationals from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and those who are already biometrics required from Asia and the Americas only need to provide biometrics once every 10 years for temporary resident visa, study or work permit applications. However these permanent resident applicants will need to give biometrics regardless of whether they gave biometrics in the past.

Canada Visa Application Centre will collect your biometrics at the same time you submit your application. DO NOT submit your application by mail

Step 1 :

Read the complete information on the visa/permit requirements on 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. For best results

Print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper

Use of a laser printer is recommended

Important Note: Please inspect your printed form to confirm that barcodes appear on the last page (page 5 of 5). Insert the barcode sheet on the top of the all forms. The barcodes should appear clear and be free of any distortions smudges or fading or it may slowdown the application process.

If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC checklist, you are required to fill out and sign the waiver form and attach it to your application form.

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

Step 3 :

Mandatory requirement: Applicants are advised to read the attached privacy policy, fill out the VFS Global Consent Form and attach it with their application

Note: If a completed and signed VFS Global consent form is not included with the application, we will be unable to assist you, and be obligated to return the application

Step 4 :

Follow the instructions in the IRCC fee list, to make your visa fee and VFS service fee payments..

Step 5 :

Visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), ensure you bring your passport, photographs, completed forms and all supporting documents as per the checklist and IRCC fee instrument. Applicable service charges will be levied.

Important Note: If you need to submit your biometrics, the Canada Visa Application Centre will collect your biometrics at the same time you submit your application. DO NOT mail in your application to this Canada Visa Application Centre.

Step 6 :

When applying at the Canada Visa Application Centre, pay the service charges, submit your application and obtain a receipt. This receipt contains a unique tracking number 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

Note: Effective 31 July 2018, 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 if you are a national of a country or territory in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, or if you are a national of a country that is already biometrics required. Visit Canada.gc.ca/biometrics for more information

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

In UAE, for non-biometrics nationals, couriered applications are accepted at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi ONLY, the Canada Visa Application Centre in Dubai does not accept couriered applications.

Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 as listed above on Submit your application in person.

Step 1 :

Visit Aramex courier branch or schedule a pick-up of your documents at your residence. In order to receive your passport 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,
    Abu Dhabi, 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 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 :

Hand over your application forms and checklists, signed and duly filled, along with your passport, photographs, bank draft for Canada visa fee, bank draft for VFS Global 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

Mandatory requirement: Applicants are advised to read the attached privacy policy, fill out the VFS Global consent form and attach it to their application.

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:

    1. Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
    2. 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:
    • Bank drafts are accepted for applications made in person, by mail or courier.
    • The bank draft must be in Canadian dollars.
    • 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:
      • Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
      • Only bank drafts containing the name and complete address of the Canadian bank will be accepted.
    • VFS Global 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

Note: If requested, all banks in Kuwait issue Demand Drafts with an MICR code within2 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 issued the same day.

  • Bank draft payment instructions for Canada visa fee for residents of Yemen ONLY:
    • Bank drafts are accepted for applications made in person, by mail or courier.
    • The bank draft must be in Canadian dollars.
    • 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:
      • Print your name on the back of the bank draft or certified cheque.
      • Only bank drafts containing the name and complete address of the Canadian bank will be accepted.
    • If you are paying in UAE dirhams, the bank draft should be addressed to the : “The Embassy of Canada”.Bank draft for VFS Global service charges

Bank draft for VFS service charges

  1. VFS Global service charges and GC Fee collection and Remittance (Applicable for all Visa Applications only) to be paid via single 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

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

Note: In case your application is incomplete, the Canada Visa Application Centre will send you an email detailing any deficiencies in your application. Please ensure you provide all the necessary documents to the Canada Visa Application Centre within 3 working days from the date the email is sent. The centre will return your application in case you do not furnish the requisite documents within 3 working days.

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 Canada Visa Application Centre of your choice.

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 forms

How to submit your passport:

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

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

    Or,

  2. 2. By courier/mail to the CVAC address mentioned on the "Contact Us” page. Courier documents are only accepted in CVAC Abu Dhabi. Do not send couriered applications to the CVAC Dubai

To retrieve your passport (s), you have the choice of;

  1. Picking up the passport in person from the CVAC

    or;

  2. Requesting return of passport by courier

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 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