New Visa Application Centres Open in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program and is now taking steps to prepare for December 31, 2018. If you are a national from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas you will need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence.

Most applicants need to give their biometrics before coming to Canada, the Government of Canada is expanding its worldwide network of Visa Application Centres (VACs) to make services more accessible to a wider audience.

New VACs have opened in the following locations:

  • In Asia Pacific: Bali, Indonesia; Melbourne, Australia;
  • In the Americas: Mendoza, Argentina; Porto Alegre and Recife, Brazil; Cali, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; and Bridgetown, Barbados;
  • In Europe: Lyon, France; and Vienna, Austria.

You can read more about this program on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.