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How to Submit an Application Visa Application Centre (VAC)

As of October 23, 2013, Saudi Arabian citizens between the ages of 14 and 79 must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photographs) when submitting an application for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit.  This new requirement affects citizens from 29 countries and one territory.

You can give your biometrics at the visa application centres (VACs) in Riyadh, Jeddah or Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

You are encouraged to apply online or through the nearest VAC as applications submitted directly to the visa office may take longer to process. By submitting an application through a VAC, you will be able to take advantage of the extended hours of service, online tracking of your application and the assurance that your application is complete and all the proper documentation is included. We are confident that this will lead to more efficient processing of your application. For more information on the services provided at VAC please visit the CIC website.

Temporary resident (visitor, student, temporary worker) and permanent resident travel document applications

How to apply:

Application type:


Through the nearest VAC (Riyadh, Jeddah or Al-Khobar)

To the visa office*
(by mail ONLY**)

Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor)




Study Permit




Work Permit




Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD)




If you need to give your biometrics, please DO NOT mail in your application. Instead, you must apply online or in person at the nearest VACs in Riyadh, Jeddah or Al Khobar, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

* Whether you apply online or in person at the visa office, if you need to give your biometrics you will have to go in person to a VAC to have your biometrics taken.

** Mail-in applications to the visa office must be submitted through a recognized courier company.

Diplomatic and Special passport holders

Applications can be submitted:

  • in person at our office; or
  • through a recognized courier company

Hours of Service

In-person (only for holders of diplomatic and special passports):

Saturday to Wednesday: 9:00 - 12:00
Excluding holiday closures (may differ from local holidays).

Note: We do not accept enquiries in person.

Postal Address:

Embassy of Canada
P.O. Box 94321
Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia

Street Address:

Embassy of Canada
Diplomatic Quarter
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

If you are planning to travel to other countries while your visa is being processed, please submit, along with your application, a photocopy of the page(s) of your passport showing: your identity, photo and validity of your passport in addition to a cover letter explaining the reason why you are not submitting your passport, and the date you will send it, to allow for the completion of the application process. Please note that we will not send you a reminder.


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