Apply for a visa

Information about starting your application

  • Apply in person
  • Apply by mail
  • Apply online
  • Submit passports and other documents
  • Service charges

Step-by-step guide

Let us walk you through the process 

  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    Visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website for detailed guidelines.

    You can click on the following links to obtain detailed information:

    Temporary Resident Visa

    Study Permit

    Work Permit

    Permanent Resident Travel Document

    It is mandatory to submit a duly completed and signed VFS Consent Form along with your application.


  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    You can download the visa application form, fill it in, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission. You can also submit your online application directly to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    Fill out the application form electronically. The completed form (including the barcoded sheets) will have to be printed on a white, bond quality, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer. Please ensure that the 2D barcode is printed clearly and on high quality paper. Hand-written forms will not be accepted.

    You’ll have to complete supporting documents as per the IRCC document checklist relevant to your visa category. If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC document checklist, you’ll have to fill out the waiver form, sign it and attach it with your application form.

    You’ll have to read the Privacy Policy and fill out the consent form and then attach it with your application form. If you fail to include a complete and signed consent form with your application, our staff will not be able to assist you, and your application will be returned to you.

     
  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

    If you are not required to submit your biometric information, you do not need to make an appointment to visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre. Simply visit the Visa Application Centre at your convenience along with your passport, photographs, completed forms, the Government of Canada Fee, and all the supporting documents listed in the IRCC document checklist.

    To find out if you need to give biometrics, please visit
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/biometrics.asp

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have completed your application, you’ll have to pay your visa application fee. If you want to download the form to print and carry it with you to the Visa Application Centre, then you can pay at the time of your appointment.

    You'll have to pay the Government of Canada Fee and Biometric fee (if required) as per instructions on the IRCC website pay your fees page.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    If you have not submitted your application online, you’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out what happens at the Visa Application Centre.

    If you are not required to submit biometrics, please visit the Visa Application Centre anytime during business hours.

    Once you arrive at the Canada Visa Application Centre, your application and biometrics (if applicable) will be collected. Pay the applicable Visa Application Centre service charges and obtain a receipt. This receipt will contain your unique tracking number, which will help you track the progress of your application online.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    Visit the track your application page to gather more information.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee.Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    In order to collect the decision envelope in person at the Visa Application Centre, you must provide the following:

    • A copy of the stamped biographic page of your passport
    • The original Visa Application Centre Services Receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre
    • A form of government identification

    You may also delegate someone to collect your decision envelope at the Visa Application Centre. Your delegate must provide the following:

    • The signed Visa Application Centre services consent form with the delegate’s name and relationship to the applicant
    • A copy of the stamped biographic page of the applicant’s passport
    • The original Visa Application Centre Services Receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre
    • A form of the delegate’s government identification

    It is your responsibility to check the details of the visa issued to ensure that it is valid for the date of proposed entry to Canada, the number of entries required, and for the purpose of the trip. You’ll have to check these details immediately after collecting your decision envelope. The validity period and number of entries is determined solely by the Visa Office and may differ from what was requested in your application.

     

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

Step-by-step guide

Let us walk you through the process 

  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    Visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website for detailed guidelines.

    You can click on the following links to obtain detailed information:

    Temporary Resident Visa

    Study Permit

    Work Permit

    Permanent Resident Travel Document

    It is mandatory to submit a duly completed and signed VFS Consent Form along with your application.

     
  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    Once you are ready to apply, you'll have to download the application form and IRCC document checklist that is relevant to the purpose of your visit. Fill out the application form electronically. The completed form (including the barcoded sheets) will have to be printed on a white, bond quality, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer. Please ensure that the 2D barcode is printed clearly and on high quality paper. Hand-written forms will not be accepted.

    You’ll have to complete supporting documents as per the IRCC document checklist relevant to your visa category. If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC document checklist, you’ll have to fill out the waiver form, sign it and attach it with your application form.If you fail to provide documents as stated in the IRCC document, it will lead to additional delays or refusal of your application for a visa, permit or travel document.

    You’ll have to read the Privacy Policy and fill out the consent form and then attach it with your application form. If you fail to include a completed and signed consent form with your application, our staff will not be able to assist you, and your application will be returned to you.

    If you opt to mail-in your application, you’ll have to include the following documents in the application package:

    1. Completed applicable forms

    2. CVAC Mail-in Application Checklist

    3. Supporting documents and a copy of the passport bio data page

    4. Proof of payment for Government of Canada fee and biometric fee (if required)

    5. Visa Application Centre service charge(s) in the form of a bank transfer, cash or debit/credit card payment (as applicable) at the Visa Application Centre

    If you are mailing-in your application package to a Visa Application Centre, you'll have to use the biometric validity tool to check if you are required to enroll biometrics at a Visa Application Centre.

    You can mail-in or courier your completed and signed application forms and supporting documents in a sealed envelope to the following address:

    Canada Visa Application Centre, 44, Office #G, 2nd Floor, Giza Residence Tower, Giza St., Giza, Egypt.

    Once you receive a notification to enroll biometrics, you'll have to schedule and appear for an appointment within 10 working days at the same Visa Application Centre where you have mailed in your application.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

    If you are not required to submit your biometric information, you do not need to make an appointment to visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre. Simply visit the Visa Application Centre at your convenience along with your passport, photographs, completed forms, the Government of Canada Fee, and all the supporting documents listed in the IRCC document checklist.

    To find out if you need to give biometrics, please visit
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/biometrics.asp

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have completed your application, you’ll have to pay your visa application fee. If you want to download the form to print and carry it with you to the Visa Application Centre, then you can pay at the time of your appointment.

    You'll have to pay the Government of Canada Fee and biometric fee (if required) as per instructions on the IRCC website and any additional VFS Global service charges as per the Service Charges tab.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form by mail.

    Find out what happens at the Visa Application Centre.

    Process at the Canada Visa Application Centre for mail-in applications:

    • On receipt of the mail-in application at the Canada Visa Application Centre, the application will be recorded on the VFS Global portal, and a tracking and reference number will be generated for the application.
    • An auto-email will be triggered, providing a reference and tracking number for the application, or for insufficiency in the application pack, if any. If no email address is provided, you will be contacted via the phone number provided.
    • Incomplete applications will be kept pending, and applicants will have to submit the missing details/documents within 10 working days. If you fail to complete the application within 10 days, the application package will be returned.
    • If the application form or the details in it are incorrect or incomplete, the applicant will have the option to send a correct and completed application form, or use an additional service at the Visa Application Centre to complete the form using the self-service workstation.
    • If you have not paid the correct Government of Canada fee payment or biometrics fee (if applicable), you’ll have the option to mail-in the correct Government of Canada fee and biometrics fee confirmation receipt generated from the IRCC payment portal to the Visa Application Centre.
    • If you have not paid the correct Canada Visa Application Centre service charge and additional service charges, you’ll have the option to mail-in the correct fee payment in the form of a bank transfer receipt, or pay the fee in cash at the Visa Application Centre at the time of the biometrics appointment.
  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You’ll receive an email notification containing your application tracking ID within two (2) working days of the receipt of your application.

    You can track the delivery with the postal or courier company that you have used to submit your application(s) to the Canada Visa Application Centre.

    Visit the track your application page to gather more information.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

    Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification.

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

    If you opt to collect your documents in person or through an authorized representative, you'll receive an email notification advising you to collect your documents from the Canada Visa Application Centre.

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

Step-by-step guide

Let us walk you through the process 

  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    Visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website for detailed guidelines.

    You can click on the following links to obtain detailed information:

    Temporary Resident Visa

    Study Permit

    Work Permit

    Permanent Resident Travel Document

     
  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    You can also apply online, by filling out the visa application form.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

    The appointment letter will have a reference number along with provide details of the date, time and location of the appointment, along with other relevant information.

    If you are not required to submit biometrics, you'll have to wait for the decision of your application and check your MyCIC account for further instructions.

    If you are required to submit biometrics after successfully submitting an E-Application, you'll receive a notification in the form of a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL). Upon receipt of the BIL, you'll be required to visit the Visa Application Centre to submit biometrics.

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay


    Once you have completed your application, you’ll have to pay your visa application fee.

    You'll have to pay the Government of Canada Fee and biometric fee (if required) as per instructions on the IRCC website.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form online.

    Find out what happens at the Visa Application Centre.

    Upon completion of biometric enrolment, you'll receive a receipt confirming that your biometric has been collected at the Canada Visa Application Centre.

    Once a decision has been taken on your visa application, you will be notified via email to submit your passport through a Passport Request Letter. If you are unsure of emails from IRCC getting delivered to you, please check your my CIC account periodically for updates.

    Upon receipt of the Passport Request Letter, you'll have to submit your original passport, along with the Passport Request Letter, at the Visa Application Centre.

    For complete guidance on how to submit passport and other supporting documents, please view the tab at the top of this page.

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

Submit passports and other documents

If you have received a notification from the Government of Canada requesting your passport, you have either:

  1. Applied online as E-app or;
  2. You are a Permanent Resident applicant whose application has been finalized and now requires to submit the passport. You’ll have to submit the additional documents and/or passport, along with the request letter issued by the IRCC Office, at the Canada Visa Application Centre of your choice.

You’ll have to pay a Package Transmission service charge while submitting additional documents and/or passport at any Canada Visa Application Centre, unless you visit the same Canada Visa Application Centre where you had initially submitted your biometric information and have not previously submitted additional documents and/or passport to support your current application.

You’ll have to submit the VFS Global Consent Form if you would like additional services at the Visa Application Centre.

  1. If you mail-in your additional documents and/or passport to the Canada Visa Application Centre without the applicable Package Transmission service charge and/or without a VFS Consent Form, your application package will be considered incomplete. You'll have to submit the missing Package Transmission service charge within 10 working days. Failure to pay the Package Transmission service charges within 10 working days will result in the package being returned to you.
  2. In person – You'll have to bring your original passport, along with the passport request letter to the Visa Application Centre. To submit your passport at the Visa Application Centre, you'll have to pay a service charge for Package Transmission.
  3. Through an authorized representative – You'll have to send in your original passport, along with the pre-printed passport request letter and a duly filled VFS Global Consent Form for the authorized representative, to the Visa Application Centre. To submit your passport at the Visa Application Centre, you'll have to pay a service charge for Package Transmission.

For complete details on Visa Application Centre service charges, please click on service charges at the top of this page.

If you are a Permanent Resident applicant, and your application has been finalized, you’ll be instructed to submit your passport, a photograph as per specifications laid down by IRCC, and a completed Appendix B as well. You’ll have to check the instructions sent to you for complete information and guidance. Submitting your passport at the Visa Application Centre entails a service charge of Package Transmission fee.

Upon completion of the passport submission process you’ll be provided a receipt in the form of an receipt, indicating the total amount paid based on additional services you have used at the Visa Application Centre. ICR will also contain the application reference number and tracking number which you can use to track the application online.

Upon return of the passport from the Canada Visa Office to the Visa Application Centre, you can either:

  1. Collect the passport in person at the Canada Visa Application Centre. You'll have to bring a valid ID and the receipt issued at the Canada Visa Application Centre at the time of submission.
  2. Authorize someone on your behalf to collect the passport. To do so, you’ll have to complete the VFS Global Consent Form and ensure that your authorized representative brings along his/her valid government issued identification and your valid identification document, along with the receipt issued at the Canada Visa Application Centre, at the time of submission;
  3. Have your passport delivered to your preferred location. You can check the additional services offered at your nearest Visa Application Centre.

Service charges

Service Charges effective 02 November 2019

If you need to provide your biometrics, the biometric fee of C$ 85.00 (per person) / C$ 170.00 (for a family of 2 or more) / C$ 255.00 (for a group of performing artists of 3 or more) covers the Visa Application Centre service charge for package transmission. For any subsequent submissions of passport and/or documents after the initial package transmission, applicants will be required to pay the package transmission fee.

All applicants who are submitting paper applications (with or without biometrics) will need to pay the assisted service - paper application fee.

If you do not need to provide biometrics and you are submitting your passport and/or documents at the Visa Application Centre, the package transmission fee will apply.

Methods of Payment

Payment of Canada Visa Application Centre Service Charges and optional additional services
  • In person -You'll have to pay in cash (in EGP) and Credit card or Debit Card.
  • By Mail - You'll have to pay the fees through bank transfer with exact amount requested of CAD into USD or EGP payable to “ Al Etimad Modern”, as per the following details:

Here’re the details for bank transfer:

EGP Account No.: 100017188768

USD Account No.: 100017188838

Swift Code: CIBEEGCX018

Bank name: CIB

For any refund of fees paid to the Government of Canada, please click here to request a refund from the Government of Canada.

Service Charges for Services offered at the VAC

 

Service Price (Per Applicant)

Amount in CAD (inc VAT)

Amount in EGP (inc VAT)

Package transmission (price per package)

$11.95

155.00

 Collection of GC Fees (price per Applicant)

$1.66

22.00

Assisted Service – Online Forms (price per form)

$2.48

32.00

Assisted Service –Paper Applications (price per application)

$12.00

156.00

Assisted Service – Scanning (price per page)

$1.21

16.00

Self Service Workstation (price per hour)

$6.36

83.00

One-Way Courier Service (per package)

$7.51

98.00

 One-Way Courier Service (per package) - Sudan

$28.89

376.00

Photocopying (price per page)

$0.43

6.00

Printing (price per page)

$0.43

6.00

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant photography

$4.23

55.00

SMS “per application”

$2.75

36.00

USB Drive

$5.04

66.00


*Service charges include all applicable local taxes and are subject to change as per government's notification.

**The CAD exchange rate is determined by the Canadian government.

New service charges became effective on 2nd November 2019. The submission date for mail-in applications will be the date on which the Visa Application Centre receives the application. If a mail-in application is received and does not include correct payment for current service charges, the applicant will be contacted to pay the difference or the application will be returned back to the applicant.

For complete details on the additional services offered at the Visa Application Centre, please click here.

Already applied for a visa?

Here's what else you can do

Book an appointment

Schedule your appointment with us

Track your application

Stay informed of your application status

Find a centre

Information about your local centre

Buy services

Enjoy a faster, more convenient and more luxurious application