Canada Resumes Processing Online Visa Applications – July 1, 2020

IRCC recently tweeted Canada will resume processing online visa and eTA applications on July 1, 2020. Of course, while this is excellent news, read the rest of this article for the catches.

Processing of online visa applications only!

You may apply for tourist visas online or on paper nowadays. However, IRCC will process online applications at this moment. If you have submitted your application on paper, you need to wait until they resume processing paper-based applications. Of course, if you are in doubt if you need a visa in the first place, read the following article.

Giving biometrics is necessary for processing!

If your biometrics are not valid, then you need to give biometrics. Unfortunately, if you do not have valid biometrics, then you need to give biometrics first. However, not all biometrics centres are open. Visit the following link for a list of available biometrics centres.

You may not travel to Canada yet!

Even if they process your visa application, you may not travel to Canada due to travel restrictions. Consequently, follow our news page to see when the borders will be open.

What about work permit and study permit applications

According to IRCC, they will continue processing the online versions of those applications. However, you must be mindful of travel restrictions to Canada.

What does visa processing mean then?

Simply put, it means IRCC will process your visa application. If they approve you, then you need to wait for the borders to open. Of course, you may then travel to Canada. You could also find the following article useful.

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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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