Canadian Embassy in the Philippines has recently announced the opening of new visa application centers (VACs) in Manila and Cebu on July 3. The new VACs are located at:
- Manila: 6F Unit 608, Ecoplaza Building, 2305 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City
- Cebu: 9th Floor Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
According to the Canadian Embassy, applicants wishing to apply for a Canadian visitor visa, study permit, work permit or permanent resident travel document are encouraged to use the new VACs. Applicants may contact VAC service agents by phone, email or in person. The service agents are able to answer questions in local languages and to make sure that applications are complete.
However, the embassy also noted that VACs do not play a role in the decision making process and are expressly forbidden to provide any visa-related advice to applicants.
For those who wish to take advantage of the new online applications, VACs also offer other services, including photocopies, application photographs and self-service computer terminals with an additional fee.
With the aim to speed up the application process for Canadian visas and permits, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expanding their VACs global network. By 2014, there will be over 130 VACs in 95 countries. The opening of new VACs is part of efforts to attract more immigrant, visitors and students to come to Canada.
“The Government of Canada plans to create new jobs and stimulate economic growth by attracting an increasing number of visitors as well as the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada,”, stated the Embassy.
July 18 ‘ 2013