Canada announces changes in visa application procedures

stamping passportThe procedure to apply for a temporary resident visa at the High Commission of Canada in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, has changed.

As of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, applicants may submit applications using one of the following two methods:

1. Visa Applications Centers (VAC):

a. Applicants may submit applications through the two Visa Application Centers (VAC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad, or Georgetown, Guyana.

b. Applicants who are unable to submit their application in person to the VAC office may courier their applications to one of the VAC offices:



2. Online (e-app):

a. Applicants may submit their applications online via

b. Persons applying via an online application do not need to submit their passport until processing is complete and they are requested to do so.

Effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the High Commission of Canada will no longer provide in person and drop box facilities for submission of applications.

Biometrics: Citizens of certain countries are required to submit biometrics along with their applications. If you are required to submit biometrics, you should visit the VAC in person well in advance of your intended travel date. To see if you are required to provide biometrics, please visit

Officials: Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Special Passports can submit their applications directly at the High Commission during opening hours.

Immigration Appointments: The High Commission of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago will be open to clients by appointments only. A letter of invitation/interview convocation letter is required to gain entry.

For additional information on Immigration programs and services, visit:

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  1. Gwatelle
    March 25, 2014

    Well….. this is already in process. I was there last week. it is 100 Visa Free and 23 VAC fee and u get the VISA in 5 days……
    The VAC office is on Warner St.

  2. Simply the Truth
    March 25, 2014

    Nowadays nearly everything is conducted on the Internet. I vow never to conduct business over the Internet for obvious reasons.
    When you forward your confidential and private documents by Internet, ensure the site is a secure one and that your computer system is also secure. You should know why I stated that and what I mean.
    These governments, both in T & T and Canada have also made those changes to cut costs. Less staff.

  3. Open Mind
    March 24, 2014

    Remove the visa!Oh, too many Chinese with Dominican passport!

  4. m.m
    March 24, 2014

    I self good with canada and their visa business.them people have people like is beg we begging them for visa.i self good with that. I will wait wen my permanent residence ready for me papa

    • Simply the Truth
      March 25, 2014

      Times change for various reasons specifically in these times which you should be fully aware of.

  5. Anonymous
    March 24, 2014

    is u w p that cause it to happen to all the other countries in the caribbean?

  6. Ms Kubuli
    March 24, 2014

    They neglected to say how much the fee for the VAC is…a whole CAD$23 more! I feel like is beg i begging to visit Canada. :(

    • Simply the Truth
      March 25, 2014

      My dear, I reside here. If you have no reason to come, do not waste your time and money. Do not also yearn to come here. This country is not what it used to be like in previous years. Times are hard. Even the government is short of funds which is why everything increases except income to match up to the high cost of living. You are missing nothing. You know the saying, “If only I knew” is the cry of many.

  7. joe
    March 24, 2014

    UWP u see what all you cause, we use to have visa free entry but thanks to the RE-ENGINEERED Economic Citizenship Program of the UWP Chinese were caught in Canada with our passports…………

    Lest we Forget those dark days of UWP!!!!!!!!!

    • observer
      March 24, 2014

      If it didn’t happen under UWP, it would have happened under DLP – just check the other Caribbean countries where Canada has placed visa restrictions.

      • looking on
        March 24, 2014

        glad you admit it was the UWP that did it, put them in office and more will come , leave the pot and jump into the fire.

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2014

      I am not sure you are correct here, but let’s just say that you are. Now lets us just reason here. Who is the government in office right now? How many years have they been in office? and what have they done to fix the situation?

      • March 25, 2014

        I would say that you go back in time remember Canada suggesting to our Govt’s to stop selling passports but it went on because it brings in large sum of cash but the DLP of today saw how they can make and keep the money that it brings in regardless who want to buy but what happen to the funds so it’s not correct to say the UWP did this to us .

    • Views Expressed
      March 24, 2014

      Joe, CHECK YOU FACTS AND HISTORY FIRST PLEASE BEFORE YOU SPILL FALSE STORIES……visa restrictions was imposed on us Dominicans recently and not under the UWP.
      Our passports were vandalised, abused and sold to criminals under the Skerrit lead Labour Party. To this day this brutal, abused systems of sales of our passports to every Tom Dick and Harriett still goes on. The UK government almost imposed visa restrictions on us to.
      It is a shame.

    • March 24, 2014

      Canada issued Visa on Dominica after Mr Roosevelt Douglas was interviewed in Canada regarding the university riot, him being the PM of Dominica and the sale of Dominica’s Passport, when asked to stop the sale of Dominica’s Passport, Mr Douglas reply was, ( Dominica is a Sovereign Country and we can do whatever we want).

      As far as I know in 2000 UWP was not the Government of Dominica/not in power Labour was and is still the government selling Dominica’s passport to big time mafia criminals all over the world

    • Anonymous
      March 25, 2014

      It happened under this labour government get ur fax straight. the late Rosie Douglas assured the Canadian authourities that his government wud put a haunt to it but what did they do? They continued selling passports and in 2002 Canadian authourities imposed visa on dominica 2years after workers were long out of government..

  8. ##D.A.##.
    March 24, 2014

    The winds of change is taking place Trinidad and Tobago today. Who NEXT!!! We shall see.

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