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Monday, 23 November, 2020, 15 : 15 PM [IST]

Canada allows VFS Global to accept biometric enrolments with prior appointment for select categories

As per the latest directive from the Government of Canada, limited visa services will resume in its VFS Global Visa Application Centres (VACs) across India.
 
Effective 25 November 2020, Canada visa applicants who have submitted online applications for family class priority (FCP) – spouses, partners and children category – can enrol biometrics at the Canada VACs in 6 cities: Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru.
 
A prior appointment is mandatory to visit the VAC to enrol biometrics. Appointments can be booked online on https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/can/book-an-appointment by filling in the web form available.
 
Effective December 2, 2020, Canada visa applicants who have submitted online applications for student (SP) category and family class priority (FCP) – spouses, partners and children – can enroll their biometrics at the Canada VACs in 6 cities - Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru.
 
Also from December 2, 2020, Canada visa applicants who have submitted online applications for categories of student (SP) and family class priority – spouses, partners and children (FCP) can enrol their biometrics at the Canada VACs at Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. Appointments will be available online for the remaining cities from November 25, 2020.
 
Customers who have already submitted their applications for these categories will receive a Biometric Instruction Letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to enrol their biometrics. This letter must be carried for their appointment.
 
For all other categories, biometric enrolments are not being accepted until further notice. Paper applications will also not be accepted at any VAC until further notice – customers can submit online applications by visiting https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html.
 
To ensure health and physical distancing precautions for all customers, biometrics can be enrolled with prior appointment only. Customers can book appointments by visiting https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/can/book-an-appointment and coming to the centre at the appointed day and time to enroll their biometrics.
 
Due to increased health and safety measures, enquiries, walk-in requests for appointments, and visitors accompanying applicants will not be permitted inside the VACs. 
 
As part of the health and safety measures, the following services will NOT be available at present:
•         Appointment booking at the VAC – Customers may book appointments online using the web form: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/can/book-an-appointment
•         Submission of passports and collection of decision envelopes in person at the VACs is not permitted until further notice
•         Form-filling services – paper submissions are not being accepted until further notice
•         Enquiry services
•         Photocopy and photobooth services
 

 
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