Visa Application Centres of India are resuming from today

Visa Application Centres
  • November 20, 2020

The Visa Application Centres (VACs) of India are resuming scheduling biometrics appointments in a limited manner from today (November 20, 2020). The officers of Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru VACs will contact applicants for further appointment scheduling.

This announcement of such re-opening was made by the Canadian government recently through a new tweet. As per the tweet, it will prioritize international students and family class applicants. 

Re-opening of biometrics is the last pending major obstacle for Indians that are exempt from Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions.

Since October 20, International students were considered exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions, Indian students will not be allowed to travel if they have not submitted biometrics before the deadlines. The same formula is applicable for family class and skilled worker immigrants too, who are also exempt from the travel restrictions.

To complete the immigration applications, Indian applicants will now be able to submit their biometrics from re-opened VACs. This will eventual help them for the arrival in Canada.

In the tweet, it was clearly mentioned that without any appointment walk-in clients will not be accepted at VACs. So applicants must visit VAC once they receive their appointment confirmation schedule.

If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have issued a unique Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL) to you, you will receive more instructions to your email ID on file about how to schedule your biometric appointment.

The government has promised if the step works well, more appointments will gradually become available each week as it phases in services. For Canada, India is one of the important sources for immigration & study permit applications.

Biometrics are usually required for foreign nationals that are looking to obtain a visitor visa, study permit, work permit, permanent residence, a visitor record, refugee or asylum status, or are seeking an extension to their study or work permit.

They need to submit their fingerprints and photograph and also pay a fee. The purpose of biometrics is to enable Canada to confirm the identity of foreign travellers when they enter the country.

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