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lamnguyen181     02/18/2020 18:57 PM

my passport is received by VAC new york on 02/19/2020 and I not received any email or application number to track my passport.
my trip start on 02/29 so can i have my passport back in time?
how long it usually takes to have passport back since the day it is received by VAC NY?
I use the one way return courier service by VAC.

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naijarazzi     02/16/2020 14:19 PM

i have approved advance parol and work auth from uscis already. howvever, my i485 is still pending. do i stand a chance of getting approved for canada visit visa?

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vikram1984     02/11/2020 14:45 PM

Hello, I just received the passport request letter for me and my wife. I believe I need to send the following:
1. Passport
2. Passport request letter
3. 2 consent forms (for each applicant). Sign 2nd page.
4. $20.40 money order for VFS ( 1 for each applicant)
5. 2 separate return envelopes
All documents and return envelopes (for both applicants) can be sent in 1 packet. I plan to mail to the NYC VAC
Is this accurate? Thanks!

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varunkum     02/06/2020 11:34 AM

Here's my experience with the visa process. I will try to be as detailed as possible. I applied my visa from Boulder, CO. All the times given below is on MST. I need to travel to Canada between 2/10 and 2/14 for work purpose. I had literally no hopes of getting my visa on time because I had only 2 weeks time between the time of applying and my actual travel date.

Applying for TRV Visa
1) The Canadian visa website was really annoying because of some login loop issues. I was able to get around it by switching between incognito and normal window on chrome.
2) Some of the forms were really difficult to fill like the imm5257e because the contents would get invalidated each time I would click on the Validate button at the bottom of the file. The solution is to choose the right pdf editor (I used the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC). Also, remember to double check that you have the barcode on the pdf file before uploading the document. Some of the pdf editors have difficulty saving the completed forms and I realized that occasionally the forms would get saved without the barcode.
3) For the visa, I had to submit my imm5257e, imm5645e, Invitation Letter, photograph for Visa (digital photo required), Airline/Hotel reservation, Passport and photocopy of all the prior visas on the passport.
4) Completed and submitted my documents online on 01/23/20 evening.

01/23/20: Email from [email protected] once you submit the application.

01/24/20: Received an email notifying Submission confirmation.

01/24/20: At around 10PM, I received an email from [email protected] notifying me of a new message. Received a Biometrics Collection Letter. Expect this letter within 24 hrs after applying.

I looked into booking biometrics appointment but unfortunately all the appointments were 2 weeks away. Seems like all the ASCs throughout US only offer appointment 2 weeks away. Only VAC's had immediate appointment but that meant that I would have to travel to LA/NYC for biometrics. I decided to book the appointment on 2/10 at the nearest ASC in Denver and try my luck with walk in.

01/27/20: Went to ASC Denver and told them that I don't have my appointment until the 10th of FEB. Without asking any questions the admin was nice to allow me in for Biometrics. Also, there was no crowd at the Application center in Denver. I strongly advise people to try walk in if you're in a hurry to get biometrics.

The website was immediately updated indicating that the biometrics was completed.

01/31/20 3:01PM(Fri): Received email from [email protected] indicating a new message. I was hoping it to be my passport request letter. But on logging in found that I had received a correspondence letter indicating the validity of my Biometrics.

01/31/20 3:24PM(Fri): Received Original Passport Request letter. I was so excited and immediately I grabbed all the required documents (basically passport, original passport request letter, money order of $20.40, 2 copies of letter of consent for the VFS) and sent it through priority shipping on Sat at 1:30PM by USPS (way cheaper than UPS). The documents were supposed to be delivered on the 02/03/20 (Mon) before 3PM.

Btw, I was unsure if I had to fill the Biometrics sheet in the letter if

02/03/20: Documents reached the VFS office in Los Angeles by around 12 PM. I started receiving a series of emails from VFS global indicating the status.

02/03/20 5:00PM: Visa application, tracking ID No. [XXXXX] has been dispatched to the IRCC Office.

02/04/20 10:37AM: Visa application, tracking ID No. [XXXXX] is under process at the IRCC Office.

02/04/20 3:57PM: Visa application, tracking ID No. [XXXXX] – Your processed decision envelope has been dispatched from the IRCC Office

02/04/20 5:11PM: The decision envelope for your application, tracking ID No. [XXXXX] has been received from the IRCC Office

02/05/20 10:07AM: Visa application, tracking ID No. [XXXXX] – Decision envelope has been couriered

02/05/20 2:31PM: Received an email from [email protected] indicating "Your application status has changes." I think this just indicates that the application processing is complete and the visa is issued.

02/05/20 9:09PM: USPS return shipping label got activated at 9:09PM. Received a notification saying "Your item arrived at our USPS facility in LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER on February 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination."

02/06/20: Still no activity on my USPS shipping tracker. I hope USPS doesn't screw it up. I have my travel planned for this Saturday. Starting to get nervous now.

In total, I think it takes around 9-10 working days minimum to get your Visa processed from the day of submission. Kudos to IRCC and VFS to process my application quickly.

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itsmuds23     02/03/2020 03:27 AM

I had applied for Visitor's visa last week and was rejected advising below. I hadn't provided Invitation letter from someone and didn't book my flight tickets too while applying. This is my first international travel and am visiting to see my friend and tour during my annual leaves. Shall i re-apply with invitation letter from my friend and have air tickets booked so i can assure my return from canada?

* am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary
resident, as stipulated in paragraph 179(b) of the IRPR based on your family ties in Canada and
in your country of residence.

. I am not satisfied that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay as a temporary
resident, as stipulated in paragraph 179(b) of the IRPR based on the purpose of your visit

i gave my employment letter, provided confirmed Airbnb booking. I showed the travel plan for 10 days. Any suggestions will be very helpful

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vikram1984     01/24/2020 11:53 AM

I submitted my visitor visa application on 1/23 for me and my wife. The website got updated today with a biometrics letter on my wife's name but there is none on my name. Do we just get 1 letter for both or is there separate letters for each applicant. I am the principal applicant.

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Jil19     01/18/2020 11:45 AM

Applied for visa 01/13/20 in the morning
Bio metrics letter 01/13/20 evening

Got Bio metrics appointment at Boston USCIS for the 01/28/20

01/17/20 tried my luck and walked into USCIS and they took my bio metrics due to circumstances (I need to be in Canada for an appointment. The website updated the same day.

I'll keep updating as online forums have been really helpful to me

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anand2020     01/17/2020 22:27 PM

Hi All,

has anyone received a passport request letter for Canada TRV Visitor visa this year 2020?
I have provided bio-metric on 01/02/20. Since then application status is in Progress.

Below are updates on my Visitor Visa application,

12/30/19: Submitted online application.
12/31/19: Got email about bio metrics submission.
01/02/20: Bio metrics provided at USCIS ASC. Same day IRCC website updated with the information that they received my bio metrics.

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jcshekar     01/16/2020 16:02 PM

I would like to mention my Canada travel visa experience with dates:

12/09/19: Submitted online application.
12/10/19: Got email about bio metrics submission.

As I leave close to NY city VAC, chosen the appointment for bio metrics on 12/13(even though 12/11, the very next day appointments were also available). I've tried to schedule on USCIS website as well but the earliest date was 12/24/19, literally 2 weeks from the day I looked up, and this 14 days wait time is minimum if you chose USCIS location.

12/13/19: Bio metrics at New York VAC. Same day IRCC website updated with the information that they received my bio metrics.

12/14 & 12/15: Weekend

12/19/19: Consulate asked for passport submission.

12/19/19: Took money order and submitted the passport at UPS location and chosen premium delivery option available. (Next day air)

12/20/19: Passport delivered to VAC and sent to consulate on the same day evening.

12/21 and 12/22: Weekend

10 AM message saying passport received by consulate.
12 PM message saying visa is issued and sent back to VAC.

Passport received by VAC and ready for pickup for UPS by 12 PM.
5 PM: Passport picked up by UPS.

12/25: Holiday.

12/26/19: Passport delivered by 12 PM.

Total processing time 17 calendar days including 5 holidays and 2 days I delayed myself for bio metrics, so I can say 10 business days in total.

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mitchber30     12/23/2019 22:59 PM

Im losing my hope already that i will get a response frim ircc regading my TRV application..almost 2mos now and bot getting any reaponse😌😕

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