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Important announcement

A new Visa Application Centre (VAC) opened in Doha, Qatar, on October 22, 2014.

All temporary resident applications (visitor visa, study or work permit) may be submitted either online or through the VAC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait or Qatar. Permanent resident travel document applications must be submitted through the VAC in the UAE, Kuwait or Qatar.

Welcome to the Visa Section of the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi.

For information about going to Canada and to find out how to make an application at this office, please refer to our list of services below.

We provide these services to residents, nationals, or persons legally admitted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia* and Yemen.

As of September 4, 2013, you may need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) 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 the UAE, Kuwait or Qatar.

* Temporary Resident Visas for citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia are processed by the Visa Section in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Date Modified:
2014-10-23