Visa Application Centres of India resumed scheduling biometrics appointments

By Team MyStudia  |  3 mins read   |  December 09, 2020

The officers of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune VACs have started contacting applicants for appointment scheduling.

This announcement of reopening was made by the Canadian government recently through a new tweet. As per the tweet, it will prioritize international students and family class applicants.

Re-opening of biometrics was the last pending major obstacle for Indians that are exempt from Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions.

Since October 20, International students were considered exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions, Indian students were not allowed to travel if they have not submitted biometrics before the deadlines. The same formula is applicable for family class and skilled worker immigrants too, who are also excused from the travel restrictions.

In order to complete the immigration applications, Indian applicants are now able to submit their biometrics from re-opened VACs. This will eventually help them with their arrival in Canada. 

The tweet also mentioned that without an appointment, walk-in clients will not be accepted at VACs. So applicants must visit VAC once they receive their appointment confirmation schedule. 

If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have issued a unique Biometric Instructions Letter (BIL) to you, you will receive more instructions in the form of an email about how to schedule your biometric appointment.

The government has promised that if this works well, more appointments will gradually become available each week as it phases in services. For Canada, India is one of the important sources for immigration and study permit applications.

By the end of 2019, Canada approved over 85,000 immigrants from India and that was one-quarter of the over 341,000 new permanent residents admitted by Canada. In the same year, in total Canada approved 640,000 study permits and from those 220,000 approvals were of Indian students. 

The purpose of biometrics is to enable Canada to confirm the identity of foreign travelers when they enter the country. Biometrics are usually required for foreign nationals that are looking to obtain a visitor visa, study permit, work permit, permanent residency, a visitor record, refugee asylum status, or are seeking an extension to their study or work permit. Anyone who may want to obtain such statuses, need to submit their fingerprints, photograph, as well as pay a fee.

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