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Important announcement

Effective March 31, 2015, all visa and immigration content on this website will move to the Immigration section of the new website. This includes country-specific information, checklists, forms and guides.

Please note: These changes do not affect the way visa and immigration sections at Canadian embassies process applications.


Important announcement

Two new Visa Application Centres (VACs) opened in the following locations:

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on March 19, 2015;
  • Muscat, Oman on March 17, 2015

All temporary resident applications (visitor visa, study or work permit) may be submitted either online or through the VACs in the UAE, OmanKuwait or Qatar. Permanent resident travel document applications must be submitted through the VACs in the UAE, OmanKuwait 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, Oman, 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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