Canada had put restrictions on travel since March 18 due to the epidemic named coronavirus. It has been providing frequent updates to keep international people updated about their authority and services to move to Canada. Now there is great news that some of the Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world are starting to open with limited services for its clients.
Visa application centres (VACs) are the companies which are privately-owned and have legal contracts with the Canadian Government:
- They send visa applications and passports to the visa office securely.
- They have the official locations to give your biometrics such as fingerprints and a photo
- They are located all around the world
- They speak local languages.
Now a few foreigners will again be able to complete their biometrics, which is very important to their applications for visitor visas, work visa, study visa, and permanent residency. At present total 23 VACs reported opened with limited services in the whole world:
||Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Jinan,
Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang
|United Arab Emirates
||Abu Dhabi, Dubai
VACs are beginning to offer some services. New health and safety measures are followed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Before you apply, ensure that:
- You are exempt from the travel restrictions.
- You know about the changes to the application process.
- You should check the VAC’s website to know what services they will offer you.
Measures taken at VACs regarding health and safety
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said that they are following certain measures regarding the health and safety of staff and the people who use the services at VACs.
- Maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene at the core of their efforts.
- Frequently the VAC will be cleaned.
- Staff will also use gloves, face masks, and face shields.
- The number of people allowed in a VAC will be limited,
- Both staff and visitors may be subject to temperature checks, and there will be regular use of sanitizers.
All travellers to Canada will be quarantined for 14 days once they arrive, and be able to prove to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers that they have an adequate quarantine plan.
Travel restrictions still in effect
Travel restrictions in Canada will be still in place until June 30 for most of the international people. At present, family members of Canadians, holders of work permit who are coming to do an essential service in Canada, and students whose student visa was approved before 18th march are exempt from this measure. Everyone else who is not a Canadian resident must prove that they are coming to Canada for an important reason.
A rush of visa applications is expected to cause delays in processing after the travel restrictions are scaled back. IRCC expects that by opening Visa Application Centres and the processing of moving applications will speed up once restrictions on travel are withdrawn. IRCC also says that any immigration application will not be cancelled because of not being able to collect or submit relevant documents for visa application due to the coronavirus crisis, especially in the case of biometrics collection.