New Canadian visa application centre opens
The Government of Canada has announced the opening of a new visa application centre (VAC) in Port of Spain making it easier to apply for a visa to enter Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expanding its VAC network around the world to provide administrative support to applicants before, during and after their temporary resident application is assessed by a CIC immigration officer.
A press release issued by the Canadian High Commission in Port of Spain said VAC service agents are available by phone, e-mail or in person to answer questions in local languages and to make sure that applications are complete. This helps avoid unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
For an additional fee, VACs also offer other services, including photocopies, application photographs and self-service computer terminals for those wishing to take advantage of the new online applications.
The release said it should be noted that VACs are not involved in the decision-making process and are not authorised to provide applicants with advice about their visas. Applications received through the VAC or online are processed on a priority basis and are typically finalised in half the amount of time of other applications. The Government of Canada plans to create new jobs and stimulate economic growth by attracting an increasing number of visitors and international students as well as skilled temporary foreign workers and immigrants that best respond to current and future labour market needs. For this reason, CIC strives to issue visas and permits as quickly as possible to facilitate travel to Canada, the release added.
Anyone wishing to apply for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or permanent resident travel document should use the new Port of Spain VAC located at: No.4 Warner Street, Newtown, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. Website: www.csc-cvac.com / Email: email@example.com / Phone: (868)224-3098. For more information about the services that can be provided by a VAC, visit www.cic.gc.ca/vac.