Waiting for the final stage of Canadian student visa approval? The wait is over. Here comes the news of reopening of Canada Visa application centres in India. It will begin its operation of scheduling biometrics appointments from November 20. The cities opening VAC’s are Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.


Visa Application Centers for Canada Visas & Immigration are Re-opening in India


Approval of Student visa for Canada

From 1st of July, IRCC had resumed processing of online applications for a student visa.  It introduced a temporary 2-stage approval process for the application of study visas for international students. 

In the first stage, they had to just apply online and get first approval and start classes online. But for the final approval, they had to visit Visa application centres for Biometrics, as VAC were closed in India. But now few selected cities are granted permission to open Visa Application Centres.

Re-Opening of Visa Application Centers for Canada in India  

The Canadian government has announced that its Visa Application Centres (VACs) in India will resume its operation from November 20, 2020. The 6 cities selected for opening VACs in India are:

  1. Delhi
  2. Chandigarh 
  3. Jalandhar
  4. Mumbai
  5. Ahmedabad
  6. Bengaluru

It will prioritize those applicants that fall in the category of international students and family class. Providing biometrics is the last remaining part of final visa approval for those in India who are permitted to travel to Canada with the first-stage approval of visa application.

While international students have been allowed to travel to Canada from October 20, International students who have not submitted biometrics could not travel to Canada. Now that Visa Centres in India are resuming their services, applicants will now be able to submit their biometrics information. So they can complete their visa application processes and travel to Canada.

Tweets by the High Commission of Canada in India

Canada in India, the Official page of the High Commission of Canada in India said the following :

  1. VACs will begin scheduling limited biometric appointments from November 20 in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Bengaluru.
  2. Family Class applicants and Study Permit principal applicants will be kept as a priority.
  3. Walk-in clients at the VACs are not allowed. All appointments must be confirmed in advance. 
  4. You are not allowed to enter VAC unless you are attending your own scheduled appointment.
  5. If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have provided a unique Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL) to you, they will share further instructions to your email ID on how to book your biometric appointment.
  6. More appointments will become available each coming week.

How to fix appointments for Visa Application Center

Before visiting the Visa application centre, You need to schedule an appointment. Here are the details of it:

  • You can book an appointment online or by phone call. You can also use email or webchat for booking. 
  • VFS Global will only ask for your details for scheduling an appointment.
  • Once the appointment is fixed, an appointment letter will be sent to you via email to your email ID provided during the process of appointment scheduling.
  • If an email address is not provided, an SMS will be sent verifying the date and time of the appointment on the registered mobile number.
  • A reminder message will be sent through email or SMS before 24 hours of the scheduled date.

You will have to arrive at the Canada Visa Application Centre 15 minutes before your appointed time.



Indian students in Canada

India is Canada’s leading source of immigrants and international students. The data present that 139,740 Indian students were issued a study visa in 2019 in Canada. In each passing year, the Indian students studying in Canada are increasing. Due to pandemic restriction on the border, 2020 is facing low numbers of Indian students in Canada. But with the restrictions getting easier, will surely bring back the position. 


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