Find a visa application centre

Visa application centres (VACs) are private companies that have formal contracts with the Government of Canada. They:

You can:

  • go to a VAC that isn’t in your country of residence
  • either call, email, or visit the VACs in person

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Find out who needs to give biometrics.

 Visa application centres (VACs) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will change services and fees on November 2, 2019. Visit your VAC’s website before you go.

The VAC in Los Angeles no longer accepts study and work permit applications. You can submit a paper application in person or by mail to the VAC in New York.

City Country/territory Website Biometrics Notes
Kingstown New Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VAC By appointment only

Opening date: October 9, 2019

Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only

Castries New Saint Lucia Saint Lucia VAC By appointment only Opening date: October 10, 2019
Abidjan Ivory Coast Ivory Coast VAC By appointment or walk in None
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates VACs By appointment or walk in None
Abuja Nigeria Nigeria VACs By appointment or walk in None
Accra Ghana Ghana VAC By appointment or walk in None
Addis Ababa Ethiopia Ethiopia VAC By appointment or walk in None
Ahmedabad India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Al Khobar Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia VACs By appointment or walk in None
Algiers Algeria Algeria VAC By appointment or walk in None
Almaty Kazakhstan Kazakhstan VAC By appointment or walk in None
Amman Jordan Jordan VAC By appointment or walk in None
Ankara Turkey Turkey VACs By appointment or walk in None
Antananarivo Madagascar Madagascar VAC By appointment or walk in None
Asuncion Paraguay Paraguay VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Athens Greece Greece VAC By appointment or walk in None
Auckland New Zealand New Zealand VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan VAC By appointment or walk in None
Bali Indonesia Indonesia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Bamako Mali Mali VAC By appointment or walk in None
Bangalore India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Bangkok Thailand Thailand VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Beijing China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Beirut Lebanon Lebanon VAC By appointment or walk in None
Belgrade Serbia Serbia VAC By appointment or walk in None
Berlin Germany Germany VACs By appointment or walk in None
Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan VAC By appointment or walk in None
Bogota Colombia Colombia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Bridgetown Barbados Barbados VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Brasilia Brazil Brazil VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Bucharest Romania Romania VAC By appointment or walk in None
Buenos Aires Argentina Argentina VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Cairo Egypt Egypt VAC By appointment or walk in None
Cali Colombia Colombia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Cape Town South Africa South Africa VACs By appointment or walk in None
Caracas Venezuela Venezuela VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Cebu Philippines Philippines VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Chandigarh India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Chengdu China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Chennai India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Chisinau Moldova Moldova VAC By appointment or walk in None
Chittagong Bangladesh Bangladesh VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Chongqing China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Colombo Sri Lanka Sri Lanka VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Conakry Guinea Guinea VAC By appointment or walk in None
Dakar Senegal Senegal VAC By appointment or walk in None
Dar es Salaam Tanzania Tanzania VAC By appointment or walk in None
Dhaka Bangladesh Bangladesh VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Doha Qatar Qatar VAC By appointment or walk in None
Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates VACs By appointment or walk in None
Dublin Now open Ireland Ireland VAC By appointment or walk in March 1, 2019: Opening date
Dushanbe Tajikistan Tajikistan VAC By appointment or walk in None
Düsseldorf Germany Germany VACs By appointment or walk in None
Erbil Iraq Iraq VAC By appointment or walk in None
Georgetown Guyana Guyana VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Guangzhou China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Guatemala City Guatemala Guatemala VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Hangzhou China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Harare Zimbabwe Zimbabwe VAC By appointment or walk in None
Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Vietnam VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Hyderabad India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Islamabad Pakistan Pakistan VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Istanbul Turkey Turkey VACs By appointment or walk in None
Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Jalandhar India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Jeddah Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia VACs By appointment or walk in None
Jinan China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kampala Uganda Uganda VAC By appointment or walk in None
Karachi Pakistan Pakistan VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kathmandu Nepal Nepal VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kigali Rwanda Rwanda VAC By appointment or walk in None
Kingston Jamaica Jamaica VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kinshasa Democratic Rep. of Congo Democratic Rep. of Congo VAC By appointment or walk in None
Kolkata India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Malaysia VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kunming China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Kuwait City Kuwait Kuwait VAC By appointment or walk in None
Kyiv Ukraine Ukraine VACs By appointment or walk in None
La Paz Bolivia Bolivia VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Lagos Nigeria Nigeria VACs By appointment or walk in None
Lahore Pakistan Pakistan VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Lima Peru Peru VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
London United Kingdom United Kingdom VAC By appointment or walk in None
Los Angeles United States United States VACs By appointment only

April 1, 2019: no longer accepts study permit applications

November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees

Lviv Ukraine Ukraine VACs By appointment or walk in None
Lyon France France VACs By appointment or walk in None
Madrid Spain Spain VAC By appointment or walk in None
Managua Nicaragua Nicaragua VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Manila Philippines Philippines VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Medellin Colombia Colombia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Melbourne Australia Australia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Mendoza Argentina Argentina VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Mexico City Mexico Mexico VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Montego Bay Jamaica Jamaica VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Moscow Russia Russia VACs By appointment or walk in None
Mumbai India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Muscat Oman Oman VAC By appointment or walk in None
Nairobi Kenya Kenya VAC By appointment or walk in None
Nanjing China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
New Delhi India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
New York United States United States VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Niamey Niger Niger VAC By appointment or walk in None
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Burkina Faso VAC By appointment or walk in None
Panama City Panama Panama VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Paris France France VACs By appointment or walk in None
Phnom Penh Cambodia Cambodia VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Podgorica Montenegro Montenegro VAC By appointment or walk in None
Port Louis Mauritius Mauritius VAC By appointment or walk in None
Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Port-au-Prince Haiti Haiti VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Porto Alegre Brazil Brazil VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Pretoria South Africa South Africa VACs By appointment or walk in None
Pristina Kosovo Kosovo VAC By appointment or walk in None
Pune India India VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Quito Ecuador Ecuador VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Rabat Morocco Morocco VAC By appointment or walk in None
Rangoon (Yangon) Burma (Myanmar) Burma (Myanmar) VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Recife Brazil Brazil VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Brazil VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Riyadh Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia VACs By appointment or walk in None
Rome Italy Italy VAC By appointment or walk in None
Saint Petersburg Russia Russia VACs By appointment or walk in None
San Jose Costa Rica Costa Rica VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
San Salvador El Salvador El Salvador VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Santiago Chile Chile VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Dominican Republic VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Sao Paulo Brazil Brazil VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina VAC By appointment or walk in None
Seoul South Korea South Korea VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Shanghai China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Shenyang China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Singapore Singapore Singapore VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Skopje North Macedonia North Macedonia VAC By appointment or walk in None
Sofia Bulgaria Bulgaria VAC By appointment or walk in None
Stockholm Sweden Sweden VAC By appointment or walk in None
Suva Fiji Fiji VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Sydney Australia Australia VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Sylhet Bangladesh Bangladesh VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Taipei Taiwan Taiwan VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Tbilisi Georgia Georgia VAC By appointment or walk in None
Tegucigalpa Honduras Honduras VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Tel Aviv Israel Israel VAC By appointment or walk in None
Tirana Albania Albania VAC By appointment or walk in None
Tokyo Japan Japan VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Tunis Tunisia Tunisia VAC By appointment or walk in None
Ulaanbaatar Mongolia Mongolia VAC By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Vienna Austria Austria VAC By appointment or walk in None
Vladivostok Russia Russia VACs By appointment or walk in None
Warsaw Poland Poland VAC By appointment or walk in None
Wuhan China China VACs By appointment only November 2, 2018: Changes to services and fees
Yaoundé Cameroon Cameroon VAC By appointment or walk in None
Yerevan Armenia Armenia VAC By appointment or walk in None

Changes to services and fees

As of November 2, 2018, VACs in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas:

  • started charging a separate fee to submit your application and send your documents
  • introduced other services and fees

Changes to VACs in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East won’t take effect until November 2, 2019.

Your information and privacy are protected

  • VACs don’t play a role in the decision-making process and are expressly forbidden to provide you with any visa-related advice.
  • All decisions on applications are made by Canadian migration officers at an IRCC office.
  • VACs don’t represent the Government of Canada. VACs are managed by private companies or international organizations. They’re only authorized to provide specific services to applicants under the terms of a formal contract with IRCC.
  • Protection of personal information is a primary consideration for the Government of Canada when selecting the VAC service provider. Each VAC must protect personal information. Any failure to comply with the terms of the formal contract between the Government of Canada (GC) and the service provider could result in the cancellation of the contract.
  • If you suspect your privacy was breached, report a privacy concern.
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