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

Are you eagerly waiting for the final approval of your Canadian student visa? The wait is finally over as Canada announces the reopening of Visa Application Centers (VACs) in India, starting from November 20, 2020. This development brings a sigh of relief to many international students and family class applicants who have been in the midst of the two-stage approval process introduced by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Resumption of VAC Operations in India

After a temporary closure due to the ongoing global situation, VACs in six major cities in India are set to resume operations. These cities include Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru. The decision to reopen comes as a significant step forward in processing the pending applications, particularly for international students awaiting the final stage of their visa approval.

Two-Stage Approval Process

Since July 1, IRCC has been processing online applications for Canadian student visas in a two-stage approval process. In the first stage, applicants could apply online and receive initial approval, enabling them to start their classes online. However, the final approval required a visit to VACs for biometrics, which were temporarily closed in India.

Priority for International Students and Family Class Applicants

The reopening of VACs comes with a priority focus on international students and family class applicants. These individuals can now proceed with the biometrics stage, the last crucial step for final visa approval. This development is especially significant for those who have received the first-stage approval and are eager to travel to Canada to commence their studies.

Booking Biometric Appointments

To streamline the process, the High Commission of Canada in India has provided clear instructions on booking biometric appointments:

  1. Limited biometric appointments will be available from November 20 in the designated cities.
  2. Family class applicants and study permit principal applicants will be given priority.
  3. Walk-in appointments are not allowed, and all appointments must be confirmed in advance.
  4. If you have received a Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL) from IRCC, further instructions on appointment booking will be sent to your email.
  5. Additional appointments will become available in the following weeks.

How to Schedule Your Appointment

To schedule your appointment at the Canada Visa Application Centre, follow these steps:

  1. Book your appointment online, by phone call, email, or webchat.
  2. Provide your details to VFS Global for scheduling.
  3. Once confirmed, an appointment letter will be sent to your email or an SMS to your registered mobile number.
  4. A reminder message will be sent 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
  5. Arrive at the Visa Application Centre 15 minutes before your appointed time.

Indian Students in Canada

India holds the position of being Canada’s leading source of immigrants and international students. With 139,740 Indian students currently in Canada, this reopening of VACs brings positive news for those waiting to embark on their Canadian educational journey.


the reopening of Visa Application Centers in India marks a significant milestone for students and applicants. This development not only accelerates the visa approval process but also reflects Canada’s commitment to welcoming international students amidst these challenging times. If you’re in the final stages of your Canadian student visa application, it’s time to schedule your biometric appointment and get ready for your Canadian adventure.

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