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Service and Service Charge Schedule

Service Charges effective 01 November 2020

* Note: If you need to provide your biometrics, the biometric fee of $85 CAD covers the Canada Visa Application Centre service charge for application handling. Service charges for additional services listed below are not covered.

Important Note:

  • If you need to provide your biometrics, the biometric fee of CAD $85 (per person) / CAD $170 (for a family of 2 or more) / CAD $255 (for a group of performing artists of 3 or more) covers the CVAC service charge for Package Transmission, with the exception of the following instances:
  • For any subsequent submissions of passport and/or documents after the package transmission, applicants will be required to pay the Package Transmission fee every time this request is made through the VAC.
  • Applicants who submit their passport or documents at a different VAC from the one where they initially provided biometrics, Package Transmission fees will apply.
  • If no package is transmitted at the time of biometric enrolment (when the application has been submitted online), the initial package transmission is included in the fee of CAD $85 for biometric enrolment and package transmission.
  • All applicants (in person or by courier/mail) who are submitting paper applications (with or without biometrics) will need to pay the Assisted Service – Paper Application fee. In addition, all applicants except those who must submit their Biometrics, will also need to pay the Package Transmission fee.
  • If you do not need to provide biometrics and you are submitting your passport, documents, or both at the VAC, the Package Transmission fee will apply.

Service Charges for Services offered at the VAC:

SERVICE PRICE (PER APPLICANT) AMOUNT IN CAD (INCLUSIVE OF TAXES) AMOUNT IN USD. (INCLUSIVE OF TAXES)
Package transmission $27.00 20.80
Assisted Service - Online Form (eTA) (per form) $22.76 17.50
Assisted Service - Paper Applications ( Per form) $41.62  32.10
Assisted Service – Scanning ( per page) $0.27 $ 0.20
Self Service Workstation ( per hour) $5.00 $ 3.90
Short Message Service (SMS) or mobile phone application $3.00 2.30
Photocopying ( per page) $0.21 $0.20
Printing (per page) $0.69 $ 0.50
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant photography $16.47 12.70
One-Way Courier Service (per package)* $44.04 34.00
Two-Way Courier Service (per package)** $89.13 68.70

For complete details on the Additional Services offered at the Canada Visa Application Centre please click here

Please Note: The services listed are valid only for LA and NYC. The Seattle and San Francisco VACs will be offering only the following services:

  • San Francisco: Biometric Collection Services only
  • Seattle: Biometric Collection Service; Self-service Workstation; Photocopying Services; and Printing Services

Applicants intending to use the self-service workstation at the VAC are requested to carry their own USB/pen drives.

Please Note: The wait time at the self-assisted workstation will depend on the number of visitors for the day.

Please ensure you take your USB/pen drive back with you after the appointment, as it may contain important information. As per IRCC's guidelines, we are not permitted to retain any Personally Identifiable Information. If a device is left behind, a notification will be sent to you. If we do not receive a revert in two days, the device will be destroyed.

It is mandatory for the Government of Canada fee to be paid online.

How to pay applicable fee:

  • At VAC:
    • You can pay using credit/Debit card or
    • *One-Way Courier service: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, all passports will only be returned using the courier services offered by the Visa Application Centre. The Visa Application Centre is offering courier services at a discount of 10% on the courier prices listed in the pricing table on this website. This discounted rate will only be available from 23 March 2020 until 31st August 2020. To avail this service, please write to vfsshippinglabels@vfsglobal.com
  • By Mail:
    • Can deposit Cashier/Banker check or Money order. Payment instruments should be made in favor of “VFS Services (USA) Inc.” Instrument prepared and sent with incorrect name or any other name will not be entertained.
    • **Two-way courier service : Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the Visa Application Centre is only accepting applications for biometrics exempt applicants via the courier service offered by the VAC. All passports will also only be returned using the courier services offered by the Visa Application Centre.. To avail this service, please write to vfsshippinglabels@vfsglobal.com by following the laid down process in “How to apply ” page of this website

      The Visa Application Centre is offering courier services at a discount of 10% on the courier prices listed in the pricing table on this website. This discounted rate will only be available from 23 March 2020 until further notice

How to pay Government of Canada Fee

  • Online by visiting the IRCC website. The website provides a fee list, and steps on how to make the payment.
  • For any refund of fees paid to the Government of Canada, Please Click here to request a Refund

Applicants must pay the Government of Canada Fee online, directly to IRCC and present proof of payment (receipt) at the Visa Application Centre.