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 (not guaranteed), but one can lodge their application up to 3 months in advance of departure. The maximum validity date for multiple entry visitor visas is up to ten (10) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport/re-entry visa, whichever is earlier but the granting of the actual validity is decided by the Canadian High Commission in pretoria on a case-by-case basis. You do not require confirmed flights for your Canada visitor visa application.
Certain nationalities (visa-exempt foreign national) such as EU passport holders will need to apply for an ETA visa prior to their arrival in Canada but only if you’re flying to or transiting through a Canadian airport.
If you are a visa-exempt foreign national, you do not need an eTA (or a visitor visa) when arriving by car, bus, train or boat (including a cruise ship).
This electronic visa is normally granted within 3 working days. Contact us today if you need our help with your visa application.
Visa Box's services comply with the Immigration Acts of the countries we service. Our consultancy services are unavailable through government channels. The application forms used during the immigration process can also be collected free of charge at any relevant immigration office.