Starting 31 July 2018, when applying for a Canadian visa, the applicant would need to lodge their application in person at the Canadian visa centre in either Pretoria or Cape Town only.
The applicant would need to submit their biometrics i.e. fingerprints and facial scan at this office.
Biometrics will be valid for ten years from the date they were first submitted. As a result applicants will not need to resubmit biometrics until the 10 year period expires..
The Canadian High Commission in Pretoria is very picky when it comes to visa applications and supporting documentation so it is important to know exactly which documents to hand in with your Canada visit visa application and how they should be presented. Visa Box will assist you with this information and help with completing all of the online application forms.
The general processing time for the Canada visitor visa through the Canadian High Commission in PTA is about 2-3 weeks at present, but one can lodge their application up to 3 months in advance of departure. The Canadian High Commission in PTA, which is based in Pretoria only, can issue a visa that is valid until the expiration of your passport but this is decided by them on a case-by-case basis. You do not require confirmed flights for your Canada visitor visa application.