As of December 11, 2013, citizens of Bangladesh, 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 VAC in Bangladesh.
*Please note that as of May 1st, 2014 the High Commission of Canada in Singapore will accept visa applications submitted online or through one of the visa application centres (VACs) in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Singapore.
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.
|Application type||Online||Through the nearest VAC: Bangladesh; Malaysia; Singapore|
|Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor)||Yes||Yes|
|Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD)||No||Yes|
If you apply online and are required to give your biometrics, you will need to go in person to your nearest VAC and have your biometrics taken.
To avoid delays make sure you:
If you apply through the VAC, you must submit your original passport with your application, and it will be returned to you once a decision has been made. If you choose NOT to include your original passport with your application, it will delay processing.
IMPORTANT: When you submit your original passport it cannot be returned to you early. Be sure to consult the processing times and plan accordingly.
If you require your passport for travel while your application is being processed you are encouraged to apply online. If you apply online, you must provide a clear, legible copy of your valid passport or travel document. Include a copy of the page that shows your birth date, country of origin, etc. and any pages with stamps, visas or markings. If your application is accepted we will request you to submit your passport by mail or courier or through the nearest VAC (Bangladesh, Malaysia or Singapore).
*Applicants from Bangladesh MUST submit their passport via the VAC.
You have three options for the return of your passport(s):
Please note the visa office does not accept any applications submitted in person or by drop-box. Enquiries cannot be made in person. If you have been requested to submit additional documentation, please follow the instructions in your request letter. Enquiries can be sent by email.
Please consult the Diplomatic or Official Visitor Visas webpage for more information.
All applications to sponsor a family class member must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Canada. For more information on how to submit your application and the forms of payment, refer to Sponsoring Your Family.
All applicants in the economic classes must submit their initial application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Canada. For more information on how to submit your application, please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)website.