UAE Announces Protocol for Canadian Visit Visa Application for Residents

Embarking on a journey to Canada from the UAE involves a thoughtful and systematic process, especially when it comes to securing a visitor visa.

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Whether you're planning a vacation or visiting relatives, understanding the steps and requirements is crucial for a smooth experience.

Most UAE residents seeking entry into Canada for tourism or family visits are required to obtain a visitor visa. To determine your eligibility, a simple quiz is available on the official website, which also provides a list of nationalities requiring this entry permit.

In the Emirates, VFS Global serves as the authorized visa service provider for Canada. As part of the application process, a signed consent form must accompany each submission, granting VFS permission to collect the necessary biometrics. This form is conveniently accessible on the VFS website.

The journey through the application process involves several key steps:

Form Submission and Documentation

  • Acquire the electronic visa application form from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
  • Fill out the form electronically and print it on white, non-glossy paper using a laser printer.
  • Compile the necessary supporting documents, as specified in the provided checklist, including proof of residence, marriage certificate, passport copy, and financial support evidence.
  • Ensure that a filled-out consent form is included with the application.

Booking an Appointment

  • If you haven't submitted the form online, visit a VFS center to do so and schedule an appointment.
  • Appointments can be booked through various methods, including online, by phone, via email, web chat on the VFS website, or in person at a VFS center. It's important to note that even for families or groups applying together, individual appointments are required.

Paying Fees

  • Fees, encompassing both the Government of Canada fee and the biometric fee, are settled during the scheduled appointment. Adhering to the instructions on the IRCC website ensures a seamless payment process.

Visit the Application Center

  • Head to the application center to submit your application and biometrics, complete fee payments, and receive a receipt.
  • The issued receipt contains a unique tracking number, facilitating online tracking of your application's progress.

Navigating this step-by-step guide ensures that applicants can approach the Canada visitor visa process from the UAE with clarity and confidence.

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