Biometric collection to be offered in more locations following opening of two temporary VACs

Ottawa, November 23, 2020— Applicants needing to give their biometrics in the United States (US) will have more opportunities to do so, following the opening of two temporary Visa Application Centre (VAC) locations in Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California today.

The two new VACs will be offering biometric collection services only. All other VAC services can continue to be accessed via the Los Angeles and New York VACs.

The new VACs will be open for a period of one year, and the locations have been chosen to make it more convenient for those applicants affected by VAC and Application Support Center (ASC) closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide their biometrics in support of ongoing or new applications.

Applicants in the US can also make appointments to give their biometrics at any of the 4 VAC locations or 131 ASCs located in the US, as long as they have already received their Biometric Instruction Letter. For more information please visit:

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