Canada Immigration Visa

VFS Global manages visa applications and carries out visa tasks for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in India.

VFS Global is also responsible for providing general information and administrative services pertaining to all the Temporary Resident Visa such as the visitor visa, study visa, work permits, and travel documents for permanent residents of Canada. The online application allows the applicants to extend their visa validity while it also facilitates the platform to immigrate under the skilled worker category. Applicants under the age of 18 are required to furnish a letter of consent from parents or legal guardians.

From processing the visa applications, sending out notifications to returning the passports with visa decisions, Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC) offers a broad range of services to the visa aspirants. Additionally, CVAC also manages the visa interview appointments. CVAC has nothing to do with the application decision since that task is carried out by IRCC.

Canada Visa Types

Canada offers four types of visa based on the applicant’s requirements:

  • Temporary Resident Visa
  • Study Permits
  • Work Permits
  • Permanent Resident Travel Document

Temporary Resident Visa

In order to enter or transit through Canada, the citizens from other nations are required to complete the online visa application process and get an approval for their application. Based on the type of the visa, the applicant can fill in the specific form, furnish necessary documents, and pay the visa fee to carry out the application process.

Eligibility Factors

  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support the travel and stay
  • Letter of invitation and/or medical exam certificate
  • Completed VFS Consent Form
  • Documents based on the visa type

Application Process

Applicants can choose to opt for either the online or offline (on paper) method. Once the application is submitted, it goes under review to determine whether it can be approved or renewed. The applicant may be asked to submit medical test results, police certificate or to appear for an interview. VFS Global will send out notifications to the applicant through text SMS/email to keep them updated.

The application gets processed within few weeks (subject to the requirement of any additional steps). The application needs the passport to be submitted which is returned along with the visa decision. The passport must have a blank page to provide space for visa stamping. Based on the nationality of the applicant, duration of stay, etc., the visa fee varies for different types of visas.

Extending Temporary Resident Visa

By keeping a check on the temporary resident status, individuals can apply for an extension before the visa expires. Applicants are recommended to carry out the application process at least 30 days before the visa expiry date.

Study Permits

The Study Permits allow foreign students to live and study in Canada for a specific period of time depending on the application and other important factors. Based on the applicant’s profile, the visa may have restrictions on the level of studies, permission to work, duration of stay, etc. During the course, the applicant may be provided with an option to work part-time. Students under the study permits are allowed to spend an extra 90 days after the completion of the course/study to prepare for their departure or to apply for a visa extension.

Eligibility Factors

  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support the travel and stay
  • Letter of invitation and/or medical exam certificate
  • Completed VFS Consent Form
  • Documents based on the visa type

Application Process

The applicant must obtain the letter of acceptance from a DLI for their respective course or study program in order to be eligible for the Study Permits. The application can be carried out online or offline based on the applicant’s convenience. Once the completed application form along with the VFS consent form and required documents are submitted, the applicant will need to pay the visa fee. The visa fee varies for each category based on the applicant’s nationality, duration of stay, and many other factors. The application may require the applicants to provide additional documents such as Medical Certificate, Police Certificate, etc. The processing time will take up to six weeks or vary depending on the particular CVAC and any additional step, if required by the IRCC.

Work Permits

The Work Permits allows individuals to live and work in Canada. Whether the applicant is within Canada or from outside of Canada, the application can be carried out online as well as off lines based on the eligibility factors. Applicants under the Global Skills Strategy can take advantage of the two-week processing facility when they are applying from outside of Canada. Based on the applicant’s nationality and other factors such as age, language requirements, education qualification, work experience, etc., the applicant can choose a suitable program that will allow him/her to live and work in Canada.

Eligibility Factors

  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Offer of employment
  • Letter of invitation and/or medical exam certificate
  • Documents based on the visa type
  • Completed VFS Consent Form
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support the travel and stay

Application Process

Based on the duration of employment, the nationality of the applicant, visa category, etc., the applicant will need to complete the application form and submit it along with all other specified documents and the VFS Consent Form. In order to process the application, the applicant must pay the visa fee which is based on various factors. Both the online and offline application offers an extensive range of payment mode options. The processing time may take up to 11 weeks.

Permanent Resident Travel Document

Individuals who are permanent residents of Canada are required to have the Permanent Resident (PR) Card to enter Canada by any mode of transport. Most PR Cards offer five years of validity, however, certain PR Cards are only valid for a maximum period of one year. The processing time under this category of an application can take up to eight weeks. By filling in the form, providing the documents, and paying the fee, the applicant can obtain the PR Card which will help him/her to show proof of permanent citizenship.

How to Apply For a Canadian Visa

Almost all applications for the Canadian visa is done through VFS global. The process is detailed and clear. Let’s take a look at the VFS process here.

  1. The first step to applying for a Canadian visa is to read the requirements and application form thoroughly.
  2. Download the correct form and the checklists you require.
  3. Fill out the form and attach your documents electronically. You then need to print it on a white, non-glossy, bond sheet of paper with a laser printer.
  4. In case you cannot fulfil the documents required, you can fill out the waiver form and sign it. Then attach it to your application form.
  5. You are required to read the privacy policy. Fill out the consent form and then attach it to your application form. This is required by VFS to carry out your visa application. If you miss this step, the application will be returned to you.
  6. After this, you can proceed to pay the fees. The process and instructions are given in detail on the Canadian Visa Office website.
  7. If you choose to submit your application through the Canada Visa Application Centre (CVAC), by mail or in person, then additional CVAC service fees must also be paid.
  8. Keep your passport, photographs, the required documents and filled-in application forms ready. Visit the CVAC with these documents.
  9. A service charge inclusive of tax will be applicable. This needs to be paid in INR cash.
  10. You will be given a receipt with a unique tracking number. You will be able to track the status of your application online.

Tracking the Visa Application

At any stage of the application process, the applicants can use the following methods to track the status of their application:

  • By Phone - Contact VFS Helpline Number 022-67866002 (Monday - Friday: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M.)
  • By Email - Send an email to info.canada@vfshelpline.com (Monday - Friday: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M.)
  • Online - Follow these steps
  • Visit-https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Passporttracking/Track/Index?q=shSA0YnE4pLF9Xzwon/x/CQ1P0LBKn66dLdNUfueK+zXVvfCaQtqf4wkl10oKbwhActUUQpLseDw/c2V80Cpow==
  • Enter Tracking ID No
  • Enter D.O.B. in DD/MM/YYYY format
  • Validate Captcha
  • Click Submit

Canada Visa Application Centers in India

New Delhi Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Chandigarh Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. SCO 186-187, Ground Floor (Front Side), Sector- 8C, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh-160018
Office Hours: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 08:30 A.M. to 05:30 P.M.
Jalandhar Canada Visa Application Centre Aman Plaza, 3rd Floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar, Mahavir Marg, Nakodar Chowk, Opposite to Lovely Autos, Jalandhar-144001
Office Hours: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 08:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M.
Chennai Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Fagun Towers, Second floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Landmark: Near Ethiraj College Egmore, Chennai- 600008
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Bengaluru Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Unit No - 405, Level-4, 3rd Floor, Prestige Atrium, No.1 Central Street, Bengaluru -560001
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Hyderabad Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. H.No-1-8-313, Linus, 2nd Floor, Chiran Fort Club Lane, Begumpet, Hyderabad-500016
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Mumbai Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Trade Centre 5th Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400051
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Ahmedabad Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Gujarat Chamber Building, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad-380009
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Pune Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. 4th floor, E core, Marvel edge, Viman Nagar, Pune 411014
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.
Kolkata Canada Visa Application Centre VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga, Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium Kolkata, 700107
Office Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Application Submission: 09:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 02:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is CVAC?
  2. Canada Visa Application Centers (CVAC) are managed by VFS Global to facilitate visa application process for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applicants can visit any of the CVAC to apply for a visa to Canada. Additionally, the permanent residents of Canada can utilize the services offered by the CVAC to apply for their Permanent Resident (PR) Card.

  3. How do I initiate the visa application process?
  4. Applicants can choose either the online or offline method to initiate the application process. The online method involves filling in the application form and submitting the documents online while the offline method requires the applicant to carry out the application on paper. Both the methods offer multiple visa fee payment options based on various factors.

  5. Do I need to submit my passport?
  6. Yes, in order for the passport to be ready for travel, the visa needs to be stamped with an approval. The process requires the applicants to submit the passport which is returned to them through a secure method.

  7. How will I receive my passport?
  8. Once the application is approved or rejected due to any reason, the passport can either be collected in person or through a representative. The applicants can also choose to receive their passport through courier services (subject to availability and payment of applicable charges).

  9. How do I track the status of my visa application?
  10. Applicants of online applications can use their tracking ID and validate it with their D.O.B. to instantly obtain the latest status of their application, however, they can also contact the CVAC through telephone or email for an update.

  11. How long will it take for the visa application to be processed?
  12. The application processing time varies based on factors such as the applicant’s nationality, the accuracy of details on the application form, authenticity of submitted documents, the status of visa fee payment, visa category, duration of stay, etc.

  13. Do I need to submit the biometric details?
  14. The applicants may be asked to submit their biometric details based on their nationality and visa application category. Moreover, the applicant may be asked to attend the visa interview.

  15. Can I contact anyone to address my concern pertaining to the application process?
  16. Yes, you can get in touch with one of the CVACs which will provide you with more information and guidance in carrying out the application.

  17. How much is the visa fee?
  18. The visa fee varies based on the applicant’s nationality, visa category, duration of stay, and other factors. The following table indicates the visa fee for few of the categories:

Canada Visa Fees

Visa Types Categories Canadian Dollars
Temporary Residence - Visitor visa (including super visa) or extension of stay in Canada Visitor visa (including super visa) - per person 100
Visitor visa – family (5 or more) 500
Extend your stay as a visitor - per person 100
Restore your status as a visitor 200
Electronic Travel Authorization 7
Work Permits (including extensions) Work permit (including extensions) – per person 155
Work permit (including extensions) – group of performing artists (3 or more) 465
Open work permit holder 100
Restore your status as a worker 355
Study Permits (including extensions) Study permit (including extensions) – per person 150
Restore your status as a student 350
Biometric Per person 85
Family 170
Group of performing artists – 3 or more 255
Permanent Residence - Business immigration Your application 1,540
Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) 1,050
Include your spouse or partner 1,040
Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) 550
Include a dependent child 150
Permanent Residence - Economic immigration (including Express Entry) Your application 1,040
Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) 550
Include your spouse or partner 1,040
Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) 550
Include a dependent child 150
Permanent Residence - Right of permanent residence fee Right of permanent residence fee 490
Permanent resident cards 50
Permanent resident travel document 50
Permanent Residence - Citizenship Adopted adult (18 and over) 630
Adult (18 and over) 630
Stateless adult (18 or over) born to Canadian parent 100
Adopted minor (under 18) 100
Minor (under 18) 100
Other citizenship fees and services Citizenship certificate 75
Search for your record of citizenship 75
Resume your citizenship (18 and over) 530
Resume your citizenship (under 18) 100
Renounce your citizenship 100
Right of Citizenship 100
Other applications and services Temporary resident permit 200
Verify your status or replace an immigration document 30
Inadmissible on the grounds of criminality 200
Inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality 1,000
Authorization to return to Canada 400

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News About Canada Visa

  • Canada Emerges as Alternative for Indians in Troubled Times

    Canada has emerged as one of the leading destinations for Indians after the crackdown on work visas by the Trump administration has had hit Indians disproportionately. As per data released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), as many as 23.6% Indian applicants were declined H-1B visas by the US between the July-September quarter of 2017. With stringent rules in place by US and the fact that UK has become difficult to access given the affordability factor, Canada has emerged as an suitable alternative.

    According to a report released by Canadian immigration authorities, the country had witnessed a 200 % jump in 2017 after invitations were being extended to Indians for permanent residency in the country under the scheme called ‘Express Entry’. It needs to be mentioned here that as many as 65,401 people and their families were accepted as part of the scheme among the 86,022 invitations sent out.

    Ajay Sharma, the president of Abhinav Outsourcing has stated that while the primary purpose to migrate during mid 90’s and 2005 was to go abroad and make dollars, it was not the case as of now. He said that nowadays the purpose has changed to issues like children education, medical facilities, social security benefits, law and order, less polluting environment etc. Sharma went on to add that what is happening in the United States is not a new phenomenon as it had happened previously in other countries like New Zealand and Canada.

    20 August 2018

  • Number of Indians offered PR in Canada surges by 200%

    Canada has proven to be a favorite destination to settle among the Indians, as evident from the recent statistics. Under Canada’s Express Entry Scheme in 2017, a total of 36,310 Indian passport holders were offered permanent residency in the country. This is an increase of over 200% in comparison to 2016. The professions that topped the charts are software engineers, information system analysts, programmers and university lecturers. India is also the country which got the most number of invites (42%) followed by China.

    This surge was driven by many factors such as long wait for a green card in the US, and the Express Entry Scheme itself, which invites candidates to take up permanent residency based on a point-based merit system.

    19 June 2018

  • Indian techies heading towards Canadian opportunities

    As the uncertainty over the H-1B work visa continues to prevail, Indian techies are bypassing United States and moving towards Canada. This can be said after going through the data released by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The agency in the data stated that it approved 4,400 applications for work permits until December 31 under the Global Skill Strategy programme which was launched on June 12, 2017. Of the total number of applications that were approved, majority were of Indian national employed in the information technology sector. It needs to be mentioned that restrictions have been imposed on foreign workers in the US following President Trump’s call ‘Buy American,Hire American’. This has majorly impacted the Indian IT companies who had been the main beneficiaries of the H-1B visa programme. Another reason for Indian nationals moving to Canada can be because the country allows both the partners in a relationship to earn incomes which is not the case in America apart from fact that the path of permanent residency is a clearly-defined and smooth one.

    19 March 2018

  • After strict restrictions on H-1B visa, Indian techies look for a home in Canada

    With the Trump’s administration tightening the rules to get an H-1B visa, many Indians are now losing the hope to settle down in America. Disillusioned and horrified, they are turning towards Canada in search of new homes and new dreams.

    However, the good news is that Canada is welcoming and offering a safe haven for the families. In fact, Canada has increased the economic-class visas for highly-skilled professionals to 1,72,500 from 1,60,600 during 2016 – 2017.

    In the United States, it takes at least 6 months for an applicant to have his/her H-1B visa approved. Considering this, the Canadian government has taken a step and reduced the visa processing time for Indian tech employees to 2 weeks. Also, it permits a skilled STEM professional to move within 6 months even if he/she is unemployed.

    In spite of a pay loss, the Indian immigrants choose Canada for security, peace, and stability. Besides flexible immigration regulations, Canada’s free healthcare, cultural diversity, a broader Indian community, and a great democratic outlook has added the lure.

    6 March 2018

  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets Devendra Fadnavis to discuss investments and cultural ties

    After visiting Gujarat and Agra, Justin Trudeau meets Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to discuss cultural ties, investments, and business between Canada and Maharashtra.

    On 23 February, the Canadian PM will have a bilateral discussion with PM Narendra Modi. The meeting between both the leaders will focus mainly on important issues like defense, trade, changing climatic conditions, education, energy, and nuclear cooperation.

    23 February 2018

  • The real reason India is being rude to the Canadian PM – Justin Trudeau

    The absence of Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, to welcome Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister during his arrival in New Delhi has raised a lot of questions if it was a planned snub.

    PM Narendra Modi, who routinely comes to the airport to welcome the world’s dignitaries, was missing this time. Instead, he sent one of his junior ministers to receive Trudeau. What is even more shocking is that he has not welcomed Trudeau on Twitter either and was seen busy campaigning for the south state elections.

    The real reason India is being rude to Justin Trudeau is due to the Sikhs. India has frequently blamed Canada for sheltering the Sikh separatists. The Sikhs living in Canada usually form an elective bloc for Justin Trudeau, which he is also seen attended in Toronto. However, many Sikh Gurudwaras or Sikh temple in Canada have barred the Indian diplomats from entering inside and this has created a lot of controversies.

    22 February 2018

  • Increase in Student and Work Visa applications to Canada over the US

    The speculated changes to the US Student and Work Visa policies has forced many students and professionals from around the globe and India to consider Canada to be the next best destination. Considering the changes to the US Visa policies which seems to be getting tougher for Indian IT firms, professionals, and students, an increase in the visa applications to Canada has been noted. Canada’s visa-friendly policies pertaining to work and studies are attracting more applicants since the US is considering tougher visa policies for the same categories. If the US implements the new changes to the H1B Visa policies, thousands of Indians will lose their jobs.

    3 January 2018

  • Indian techies to benefit from Canada’s new visa program

    As the US plans to snub H-1B visas by amending the policies pertaining to eligibility criteria, the Government of Canada plans to introduce a new visa program which will be beneficial for high-skilled immigrants from around the globe. Canada has already managed to hire high-skilled employees from Brazil and plans to extend the program. Considering the number of US work visa aspirants are being held under review, the initiative from Canada will provide relief to Indian techies who may wish to choose Canada as another good option. The Government of Canada is already working on the new work visa policies which are expected to be out in the coming days.

    22 December 2017

  • Indians students are choosing Canada for higher studies

    Following the changes to US Visa policies under Trump’s administration, more Indian students are choosing Canada to be their most preferred place for higher studies. Many of the colleges and universities in Canada is already witnessing a surge in applications from Indian students. There are many Canadian institutes and universities which are providing valuable study programs to students from India.

    23 November 2017

  • Canada allows gender-neutral passport soon

    Passport is the most recognised personal identity proof in all parts of the world. The Canadian government plans to introduce the ‘’X” mark in a passport to indicate the gender identity of a person who does not recognise as male or female. It shall be a reality soon!

    Gender-neutral people can now mark “X” to express their gender identity instead of leaving the option unmarked in passports. It is a good initiative by the Canadian government to treat the citizens of the country equally despite their gender-identity.

    7 September 2017

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