Application Processing Times

IMPORTANT: Please make sure the information (name, date of birth, passport number, etc.) on your application form matches EXACTLY the information on your passport. Any discrepancies will result in delays to your application submission as you will be requested to provide a corrected application form.

Applications should be submitted in advance. Current average processing times can be found by clicking here.

If you applied online and were asked to submit a passport to the VAC: Please allow for 10-15 business days (this is additional to the visa processing time) for the visa to be issued and your passport returned.

After submitting your application you can check the status by logging in to the Application Tracker.

We recommend that you do not make any travel arrangements until you have received the result of your visa application.

NOTE: If the immigration officer requires additional documents, medical exams, biometrics, an interview, background or security checks, documents that need to be verified or any other factor, the processing time may be longer.

Emergency processing will only be considered when an unexpected event occurs where the travelling date could not be planned in advance, such as illness or death of a family member. Attach any documents that support your travel emergency. While all will be done to process the application as soon as possible, there is no guarantee that the visa will be issued in time. Note: That requesting a visa without enough time previous to a travel date is not considered an extraordinary circumstance.

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