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VACs in India reopen offering biometrics for families and students

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Many Indian citizens apply for Express Entry Visa Canada every year. However, Canada is a beautiful place to live, and it is known as the second home to Indians. Canada has a significant population of Indian citizens who are permanent residents of Canada.

If you are an Indian citizen and looking to settle in Canada, you may have heard about Canadian permanent resident status. Permanent resident status gives you a lot of legal rights and abilities in Canada.

By holding a Canadian PR, you are legally allowed to live and work freely, anywhere in Canada, for as long as you want. However, you can also change employers and move between provinces. You can sponsor your partner, spouse, or dependent children to join you in Canada. Moreover, some PR immigration programs also allow you to bring your family with you in the initial application.

Permanent resident status has no expiry date. You can be a permanent resident of Canada for as long as you want. However, in order to maintain the PR status, you’ll have to live in Canada for at least two out of every five years. If you stay for three out of five years, you will become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. By holding citizenship, you can vote and run for political office and work apply for a federal government job.

VACs in India Reopen Offering Biometrics

Recently, Canada reopened its Canadian visa service centers across India. However, the newly opened VACs will now allow applicants of Canadian Family Visa and Canadian Student Visa to submit their biometrics.

Canada opened two VACs in India on November 20. However, four more centers are now opened for applicants to submit their biometrics.

VACs are now open in the following cities:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Jalandhar
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Pune
  • New Delhi

There are many candidates for Express Entry Visa Canada in India. However, there are many students and families how are waiting to submit their biometrics. Canada stopped its services and imposed travel restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Students who are going to join any Designated Learning Institutions will be on priority to submit their biometrics. However, people who are applying for PR as a spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child will also get priority services.

Candidates can use the VAC website to book their appointment and complete their online web form in advance. However, the VAC will then approve the appointment by email.

For now, the immigration department is not allowing to submit paper applications at the VAC or enrollment of biometrics for any application except for a family class or study permit. The government is offering a two-way courier service for people who want to submit their passports.

Students Coming to Canada

Students who are willing to come to Canada for school will need to demonstrate a valid study permit or an LOI. However, students will be allowed if they are going to any DLI having a coronavirus-readiness plan. Moreover, the institution should be approved by the regional government.

Usually, biometrics are essential for foreign nationals who are applying for documents that will allow them to travel to Canada.

Biometrics are essential for:

  • A Visitor Visa
  • Study Permit
  • Work Permit
  • Permanent Residence
  • A Visitor Record
  • Refugee or Asylum seekers

However, study and work permit holders will also need to submit their biometrics to extend their stay in Canada and legal status.

Biometrics also include the fingerprints and photograph of the foreign nationals. However, there is also a processing fee for submitting biometrics. The purpose of these requirements is to allow Canadian officials to ensure the identity of a foreign traveler.

India is the primary source of immigrants in Canada. Last year, almost one-quarter of new immigrants were from India, which shows that 85,000 people came to Canada last year.

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