Change in VFS Application Processing & Optional service charges
Please be informed there will be a change in VFS application processing Charges & Optional service charges w.e.f Wednesday, 05 March 2014
To know more about revised processing fee, please visit below mentioned link after Wednesday, 05 March 2014:
Canada Visa Application Centre, Mumbai, shifting to a new location
Please be informed Canada Visa Application centre in Mumbai will be shifting to a new location with effect from Monday, 10 March 2014
New Address of Mumbai Visa Application Centre:
Trade Centre 5th Floor,
Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400051
Opening of New Canada Visa Application Centre
Please be informed Canada Visa Application Centre will be opened at Pune with effect from Friday, 28 February’2014
Canada Visa Application Centre
Sohrab Hall, Off no 501, 5th Floor,
Next to Pune Railway Station,
Pune 411001, India
To know Visa Application Centre Timings, please visit below mentioned link after Friday, 28 February’2014:
Role of VFS
|As a Service Provider, the role of VFS includes
receiving applications on behalf of the Government of Canada in India and in
Nepal, reviewing those applications for completeness and informing clients of
documentary or other requirements that appear to be lacking. To this end, VFS
will provide the client with a checklist of requirements provided by the
Government of Canada through the High Commission. Compliance with published
High Commission requirements remains the sole responsibility of the client and
VFS shall, at all times, forward the application to the High Commission for
processing upon the client's direction.
En tant que fournisseur de service, le rôle de VFS inclut recevoir les demandes
au nom du Gouvernment du Canada en Inde et au Nepal, réviser ces demandes et
s'assurer qu'elles soient complètes, et informer les clients de toute pièce
justificative ou autre exigence qui semble faire défaut. A cette fin, VFS
fournira au client une liste de vérification fourni par le Gouvernement du
Canada via le Haut-Commissariat. Le respect des obligations publiées par le
Haut-Commissariat demeure la seule responsabilité du client et VFS doit, en
tout temps, transmettre la demande au Haut-Commissariat pour fins de traitement
selon les directives du client.
Update on Visa Application Forms Friday, 24 August
Canada Visa Applicants may please be informed that there is a change in the
Visa application forms for applying for a Canada visa.
The new and updated forms are available on the VFS website:
Applicants & Travel agents are strongly advised to use the new forms in
order to ensure timely processing of their visa application.
Note: Please ensure that your computer is installed with Adobe version 9.0 in
order to view and download the forms.
Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents:
Starting 01 December 2011, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and
permanent residents have a new option for visiting Canada. If you wish to come
to Canada to visit a child or grandchild for an extended stay, you may wish to
apply for a
A Parent and Grandparent Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian
citizens or permanent residents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a
time without the need for renewal of their status. To obtain a Super Visa, the
applicant must be admissible to Canada and meet certain additional
requirements. For more, please visit the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
New Forms for ‘Student’ and ‘Temporary Foreign Workers’ and
updated form for ‘Visitors’ Effective15th February 2011
Unclaimed Passports/Letters from VFS
As of 15 February 2011, Students and Temporary Foreign Workers should use the
new application forms accessible electronically through this website. In
addition, an updated version of the Temporary Residents visa form will be
available. All applicants in those categories should fill in their forms
electronically and submit their application along with the 2D barcode (02
printed copies) generated following completion of the form.
Failure to do so will result in processing delays.
New Requirement for Temporary Resident Visa Applications Effective October
Previous Requirement for Temporary Resident Visa Applications Previously,
the Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada [IMM5257B] application form
was made available on the internet for the use of those applicants who wish to
come to Canada on a temporary basis. Under previous rules, this application
form could be completed by the Principal Applicant on behalf of the spouse or
common-law partner, and for dependent children under 18 who may be accompanying
New Requirement for Temporary Resident Visa Applications Effective October
As of October 1, 2010, a separate application form [IMM5257E] must be
completed and submitted for each family member, regardless of age.
Each applicant 18 and over must complete and sign their own application form.
Those applicants under age 18 must have a parent or guardian complete and sign
an individual application form on their behalf. For example, a family of 2
adults and two young children must submit a total of 4 application forms
Dependent family members accompanying Temporary Residents, Students or Workers
to Canada must complete and sign their own ‘Application for Temporary Resident
Visa Made Outside of Canada’ [IMM5257E]. This means that if a student is
applying for a study permit, he will submit an application for a study permit
and his wife who is accompanying him will submit a separate application for a
temporary resident visa.
All applicants should fill in their forms electronically and submit their
application along with the 2D barcode (02 printed copies) generated
following completion of the form. Failure to do so will result in processing
Applications which include family members but fail to provide a completed and
signed application form for each family member will not be processed and will
be returned to the applicant.
It is the responsibility of applicants to collect the envelopes containing
their letters and passports related to visa applications from the VFS.
Unclaimed envelopes with passports/letters are sent back to the Canada High
Commission in Delhi or the Consulate General in Chandigarh after one month of
receiving back at VFS from Canada High Commission in Delhi or the Consulate
General in Chandigarh.
If the envelopes are unclaimed after 3 months of receiving it back from VFS,
the High Commission or the Consulate will destroy the unclaimed letters and
return the passports to the local passport office. Any valid Canada visas
will be cancelled in passports before they are returned to the local
Applicants who fail to collect their envelopes within the timeframes indicated
above must approach the passport office directly in order to obtain their
passport back. Once passports have been handed over to the local passport
authorities, the Canada High Commission and Consulate will no longer be
responsible and unable to assist.
Information for Agents & Representatives
You may prepare and submit your application yourself, or by an individual who
provides such services for free (family members, friends, non-governmental and
religious organizations, etc.), or you may decide to hire an authorized
representative to do so. An authorized representative must be either: a member
of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
lawyers who are members of a Canada law society; or notaries who are members of
the Chambre des notaires du Québec. All applications are treated equally,
regardless of whom it is submitted by. You, as the applicant, are responsible
for all information submitted. Please be sure to review all the information on
your form and ensure that all questions are answered truthfully before signing
and dating the forms. .
Please note that all persons who assist in the preparation of study permit
applications must be identified in Question One of the Study Permit
Questionnaire. If you are authorizing the release of your file information to
an authorized representative, the person must be identified on form IMM 5476B.
Misrepresentation of Facts
If you or someone acting on your behalf directly or indirectly misrepresents
facts relating to your application for a visa:
Your application will be refused.
The circumstances of your refusal will be entered into Canada's global immigration database.
You could become inadmissible to Canada
for 2 years under section 40(2) of the Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act.
Documents Required for Passport Collection
If you plan to use a representative to collect your passport on your behalf,
you are requested to provide Individual authorization letters, signed by the
respective applicants. Your representative must present this letter along with
original & 01 photocopy of his or her identity in the form of photo ID
(i.e. driving license, passport, or PAN card) along with the original
acknowledgement slips provided by VFS at the time of intake of your
application, pls see attached sample word document
Individual authority letter. If you plan to collect the passport by
yourself please present the original acknowledgement slips provided by VFS at
the time of intake of your application.
Application Deposition Timing for Agents
Chandigarh & Jalandar Visa Application Centers: Applications
from travel agents will only be accepted between 8:00 am - 9:00 am (Mon- Fri).
Other Centers: Applications from travel agents will only be accepted
between 8:00 am - 10:30 am (Mon- Fri).
Minimum Processing Time
Due to the current high volume of applications, Temporary Resident Visitor Visa
applications to visit Canada currently require 10 working days for an initial
response (an initial response is an approved visa, refusal letter, request for
documents, request to undergo medical exams or a request to attend a personal
interview). We encourage you to adjust your planning accordingly. See the
Processing Times page for processing times for temporary workers, and students.
Note: The days mentioned above are only indicative. The actual processing time
is updated daily at the Visa Application Centre as per the current processing
time taken by the Canada High Commission. Please visit the centre for an
updated time frame for your application”
We advise you to check/track your passport/visa application status by using the
following three modes:-
APPLY EARLY FOR VISA!
The Canada High Commission, New Delhi / Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh
aims to provide an efficient and fair service to all customers.
Please work with us, by allowing plenty of time for your application to be
processed. March - June are the busiest times of the year for us, and we may
not be able to process your application as fast as usual if you apply during
Where an interview is necessary, we aim to arrange this as quickly as possible,
but you may wish to check the current timings with VFS before lodging your
You can apply for your visa up to 01 month before you wish to travel (03
months prior for student applications) - you may wish to bear this in mind when
you are making your plans. If you know that you’ll be traveling within the next
few months - please apply now, and beat the queue!