Transit visa: After you apply

What happens after you apply

Processing time ?

Varies by country

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You may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics.

You need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

In most cases, you need to give biometrics. You don’t need to pay a fee to give biometrics for a transit visa. After you submit your application, we’ll send you a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics (in person).

Find out more about how to give your biometrics and where to give your biometrics.

We process your transit visa application

After you send us your application, we’ll review it to make sure it’s complete and has all the documents needed.

If it’s incomplete, we won’t process it. We’ll return it to you.

If your application is complete, the visa office may ask you to:

We’ll tell you what to do if you need to complete any of these steps.

We process most transit visa applications in a few weeks or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and if you need to complete any additional steps.

We’ll return your passport and other original documents to you after we process your application. We won’t return original bank statements or any documents we find to be fake.

Change your contact information

You must contact the Canadian visa office that serves the country or region where you live if you change your:

  • address
  • telephone number
  • any other contact information

Approving or refusing your application

If your application is approved, the transit visa will be put in your passport.

If your application is refused, we’ll send you an explanation.

For more information on visa refusals, see our Help Centre.

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