Help Centre what do you need help with?

I need to give biometrics. What if there’s no visa application centre (VAC) in the country or territory I’m applying from?

If there’s no biometric service available where you live, you’ll have to find the location closest to you. As of December 31, 2018, there are over 152 VACs in 102 countries around the world where you can give your biometrics.

If you’re in Canada and you apply for an initial visitor visa, study or work permit, you may have to leave Canada to give your biometrics at the nearest visa application centre.

New VAC locations have opened in 2018. More will open in 2019.

If you’re already legally in the United States or a U.S. territory, you can give your biometrics at any of the 135 Application Support Centers.


Answers others found useful

Help tool

Create an account or sign in

Help tool

  • Come to Canada

How-to video


A Step-by-step look at biometrics

Form and guide

Glossary term

Date modified: