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What is the change? Officials have opened two temporary Visa Application Centres (VACs) in the United States to assist with biometrics collection.
What does the change mean? The additional VACs opened in Seattle and San Francisco. They will only collect biometric information for applicants, and were opened to help reduce pandemic-related delays in the applications process.
Additional Information: The Canadian government has reassured applicants worldwide that their application won’t be disqualified if the applicant cannot give their biometric information because of COVID-19 closures. More information is available here.
Analysis & Comments: The change should help ease demand for biometrics collection for Canadian visa and permit applicants in the United States. Applicants in the U.S. who have a Biometric Instruction Letter can make biometric appointments at any of the four VAC locations or 131 ASCs in the United States.
This alert was prepared by de Lint LLP, an independent immigration law firm, allied with Deloitte LLP in Canada.
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