HOW TO APPLY
Submit Your Application In-Person
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.
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 +2348150199900.
- 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.
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. 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 waiver form and attach it with 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 :
IMPORTANT: If a completed and signed VFS 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 in the Canadian Visa Office website.
Please note that when submitting application via the CVAC, in person or by mail, visa fees must be paid in addition to CVAC (VFS Global) service charge.
Step 5 :
Visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), make sure you bring your passport, photographs, completed forms and all supporting documents and photocopies as per checklist and IRCC fee and payment instructions. Applicable 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 a 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
Note: 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
Important Note: If you need to give 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.
Note for Permanent Resident Applicants and Online Applicants: If you are a Permanent Resident applicant or a Temporary Resident applicant who has submitted their application online, you can submit your biometrics ONLY when you have received a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) from IRCC. You cannot give your biometrics unless you have received this letter.
The Canada Visa Application Centre in Abuja & Lagos does not accept couriered applications.
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 the Canada Visa Application Centre of your choice. You should submit your passport(s) at the same VAC where you recently provided your biometrics to avoid paying additional fees.
With your passport(s), make sure you include:
- The passport request letter you received from IRCC
- Any applicable visa application center (VAC) fees, such as passport transmission fees, courier fees/ or self-addressed prepaid courier envelope etc.
- Your contact information, including your email, phone number and return address
- The VAC consent forms
Please note that there will be a Service Charge for the above services. The details can be obtained here.
How to submit your passport:
Once you receive notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, you can submit the passport and the request letter:
- In person/ through an authorised representative at the CVAC. Or
- By courier/mail to the CVAC address mentioned on the ”Contact Us” page.
Kindly note: The service charge mentioned for passport transmission can be paid at any STERLING Bank counter, The Account name and number : CANADA LOGISTIC COLLECTION ACCOUNT (a/c no 0065165839)
(Kindly note: The applicant has to enclose the proof of payment for passport transmission along with the passport, The passport will be forwarded to The Deputy High Commission of Canada, Lagos once the proof of payment is received)
The applicant will be responsible for his/ her passport/ documents if sending or receiving via courier or using the transmission services.
Note: If you are sending your passport to the same visa application centre as where you provided your biometric information, you are not required to pay for passport transmission charges
To retrieve your passport, you have the choice of;
- Picking up the passport in person from the CVAC
- Requesting the return of the passport by courier
Please note that there is a Service Charge to return your passport directly to you by courier from the VAC. This service charge is separate from the Service Charge for Passport Transmission Services, which covers the secure transmission of your passport/documents from the VAC to the Canadian Visa Office and from the Canadian Visa Office back to the VAC. The pricing for these service charges can be obtained here.
The Passport Transmission Services offered by the VACs will enable you to;
- Get your passport delivered to the CVO Lagos (Canadian Visa Office, Lagos ) in a timely and safe manner.
- Track the status of your passport by using the Tracking tool on the CVAC website