Canada Visa Application Centre Updates

On January 20, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that work permit applicants may now request a biometric appointment through the VAC webform.

Canada visa applicants who have submitted applications for categories of student (SP) and family class priority – spouses, partners and children (FCP), Work permit (WP), Returning Students & workers can
enrol biometrics at Canada Visa Applications Centres in India.

Returning students and returning workers with a valid work or study permit who have applied for a temporary resident visa to return to their work or studies in Canada may also request an appointment.

If you are a returning student or worker, please follow the below instructions to schedule your biometric appointment at the India VACs:

  • Request your appointment using your current study or work permit application number listed on your new permit document. The number will start with an S or W.
  • Upload your new permit document (must be valid for at least 30 days from the date of your appointment request) instead of your Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL).


Please note, you must bring your Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) to your biometric appointment along with your valid permit document to the VAC to confirm that you are a returning Student or Worker.

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