Application Processing

The VAC fees have been updated effective today, November 2nd, 2017. Mail-in applications which arrive to the VAC after November 13th, 2017 with the previous fees will not be accepted. The applicant will need to pay the additional cost or the application will be returned.


There are two ways to submit an application for a Temporary Resident Visa, Work Permit, Study Permit, or Travel Document for Permanent Residents. You may either submit all the required documentation:

  • through the VAC
  • by mail to the VAC using a courier

Important Note: As of September 4, 2013, Jamaican citizens between the ages of 14 and 79 must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when submitting an application for a visitor visa. This new requirement affects citizens from 29 countries and one territory.

If you need to give your biometrics with your Temporary Resident Visa, Work Permit, or Study Permit application, you have to come in person to this VAC. DO NOT submit your application by mail. The VAC will collect your biometrics at the same time you submit your application.

All applicants submitting an application through the VAC must pay the corresponding fees.

Photocopy and photograph services are available at the VAC. For more information you can visit Applicable Fees.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES You can use the computers at the VAC to complete the application online (self-service) or you can have the VAC staff complete the application on line for you (full-service) by paying an additional fee. For more information you can visit Applicable Fees.

Please visit the Visa Application Centres section to see the VAC’s address.

All applications must include:

  • Two Receipts: one receipt per applicant for the VAC service charge, or, if applicable, biometric fee*, and one receipt per applicant for the VISA application fee. Note: a family receipt for the visa application fee is permitted if applicable. For more information please read and follow step 2 below.
  • * If you need to provide biometrics, your $85 CAD biometric fee covers the VAC service charge.
  • Completed and Signed Corresponding Forms for the appropriate type of travel: forms are available in step 3 below.
  • Signed VAC Consent Form: Two copies per applicant. (VAC Consent form is available in step 3 below.)
  • Completed and Signed Checklist and all the applicable documents listed on the appropriate checklist which are available in step 3 below.

No cash transactions are accepted at the VAC; you must get a receipt.

There are two fees applicable to each application:

  • VAC Service charge OR, if applicable, Biometric fee*
  • * If you need to give your biometrics, the $85 CAD biometric fee covers the VAC service charge. Additional services are not covered.
  • Visa Application Fee

NOTE: The fees are non-refundable and they correspond to the processing of the application only. They do not guarantee the issuance of a visa or permit.

Important notice: Payments made for the VAC Service Charge via internet will not be accepted.

VAC Service charge

All applicants submitting an application through the VAC must pay the corresponding fee for the service at the Bank of Nova Scotia. This fee is required for each person submitting an application at the VAC, regardless of age or purpose of travel.

The fee for the VAC service is JMD $2,575.17 payable at any Bank of Nova Scotia branch. Click here to print the page you need to present at the bank to make your payment.

The VAC fees can also be paid with Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card at the VAC.

If you are applying from the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, or the Turks and Caicos Islands, the VAC service is $21.35 USD and the payment must be made by bank draft in U.S. dollars, made payable to CSC Consular Services Inc.

This fee is required for each person submitting an application at the VAC, regardless of age or purpose of travel.

Click on the Bank of Nova Scotia to find your nearest branch.

Family

This allows any family with more than four members to submit their application at the VAC at no additional cost for any additional member.  The definition of a family only includes parents and their children (under 22 years old) who are applying at the same time and living in the same household. Any other relative is excluded.

Group

The group rate is a discount of 10% from the VAC service charge per applicant in the same group application.  A group is defined as being at least five persons, not a family, travelling together to the same destination and for the same purpose.

Additional Service Fees

The payment of additional services from the VAC can be paid at the Bank of Nova Scotia. In the bank you will need to present this page, click here.

Click on Bank of Nova Scotia to find your nearest branch.

The additional services fees from the VAC can also be paid with Visa or MasterCard credit card at the VAC.

Passport delivery *

$2,167.83 JMD

Photographs

$515.22 JMD – 2 photos

Photocopy / Printing (each page)

$14.88 JMD per photocopy / page

IMM5257, IMM1294, IMM1295 Forms fill-out (Self-service)

$368.28 JMD per applicant

IMM5257, IMM1294, IMM1295 Forms fill-out (Full-service)

$1,472.19 JMD per applicant

* If you receive a request letter from IRCC to submit your passport to the Visa Office you can use the VAC to securely send your passport.

Step 1: Bring your passport to the VAC and pay the appropriate fees. Please include the letter from IRCC requesting your passport, the VAC Consent form and your contact information. You can either bring your passport in-person to the VAC or send it by courier.

Step 2: Decide how you will want your passport returned to you. You can choose to pick-up your passport in person or have your passport delivered to you at home. If you choose to have it delivered you will need to include a pre-paid Air Waybill when you submit your passport to the VAC.

Step 3: Track your passport. The VAC will send your passport to the Visa Office and give you a tracking number so you can track where your passport is.

Visa Application Fee

Changes to temporary resident fees. See the IRCC news release for more information.

Pay visa fees and biometric fee, if required, as per instructions in the IRCC fee list.

Multiple Entry per person:

Please note that the decision to issue a Multiple Entry visa is at the discretion of the visa officer. Although in most cases multiple entry visas are issued when someone applies for this type of visa it may happen that, in view of the particular circumstances of the applicant, the visa officer will only authorize a single-entry visa. Therefore, paying the Multiple Entry fee does not guarantee the issuance of a Multiple Entry visa. Also note that the High Commission of Canada cannot issue a visa beyond the validity of your passport. The Multiple Entry visa can be issued for a maximum of 10 years.

Family Rate:

A family is only required to pay up to the maximum Family Rate amount. If the sum of the individual fees for your family is less than the Family Rate, you may pay the fee individually. If the sum of the individual fees for your family is more, you are only required to pay up to the Family Rate. For purposes of calculating the Family Rate, family members only include parents and their children under 19 years of age when applying at the same time for the same visa type. Any other kind of relative is excluded.

Note: The rate can be used for multiple or single entry visas.

Work Permit Group Rate – Performing artists

The Work Permit Group Rate may be applied for groups of performing artists (3 or more), such as ballets, orchestras, theatre groups, only when all members apply at the same time.

Work Permit and Study Permit

When the principal applicant requests a study permit or a work permit he/she only needs to pay for the fees of the Study or the Work Permit.

Returning Students and Workers with Valid Permits

If you currently have a valid Work or Study Permit, and you wish to return to Canada to resume your work or studies, and you need a visa to re-enter Canada, then you must apply and pay the application fee for a Temporary Resident Visa application.

This page hosts the forms and checklists required for your application. Please click on the relevant file to download it. For assistance in determining what type of application you will be submitting, please contact the VAC. (see Application Centres section)

Kingston: kingston-info@csc-cvac.com

Montego Bay: montegobay-info@csc-cvac.com

Each application must include the following:

  • Completed and Signed Corresponding Forms for the appropriate type of travel. Please see tables provided below.
  • Signed VAC Consent Form: Two copies per applicant.
  • VAC Service Charge per applicant.
  • You must print out the relevant checklist, mark each document you are submitting, and include the checklist with your application.
Temporary Resident Visa (visitor / tourist)
Checklist:
If applicable to your situation:

Study Permit
Checklist:
If applicable to your situation:

Work Permit
Checklist:
If applicable to your situation:

Permanent Resident Travel Document
Checklist:

Other IRCC Form

The application forms below are offered in PDF format at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website using this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/index.asp

  • IMM 5708 application to change conditions / extend stay as visitor
  • IMM 5709 application to change conditions / extend stay as student
  • IMM 5710 application to change conditions / extend stay as worker

When you submit your application to the VAC you will be given a tracking ID number that you can use to check the status of your application by clicking here.

To check the processing times click here.

Once your process is complete, your result can be returned by post or courier or by picking up your decision letter at the VAC. You can pay for DHL Courier services inside the VAC at preferred rates. The fee is paid at the time your application is submitted. In addition to the average processing time of your application, please consider the delivery time after your application has been processed at the High Commission of Canada. You may also pick-up your result directly at the VAC.

If you decide to include a prepaid return envelope with your application from another courier company please make sure to purchase the return envelope with the option of having someone sign for the package when it is delivered to ensure your passport/result reaches the correct destination.

NOTE: For any application that is mailed in to the VAC, the applicant is responsible for including a prepaid return airway bill (AWB) in the application to ensure that the passport along with the decision is mailed back to their home address. All international home deliveries MUST include a prepaid AWB.

Please see the costs below of the different options to present and receive your documents. The courier prices provided below are from DHL.

The courier prices below are a maximum a client can pay. They may be lower depending on the client's location. The fees must be paid in Jamaican dollars.

JMD $ CAD
1 Client submits application at the VAC and picks-up result at the VAC 0 0
2 Client submits application at the VAC and purchases return courier delivery service (domestic courier fee) $1,177.38 $12.66
3 Client sends application by courier to the VAC and wants decision envelope returned by courier (includes two air waybills) $2,354.76 $25.98
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