How to Submit Visa Applications

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The VAC in New York City is closed until further notice

The Consulate General of Canada in New York accepts applications from the following:

  • Citizens and persons lawfully admitted to the USA (including Puerto Rico), St. Pierre et Miquelon and Virgin Islands (US);
  • Citizens and persons lawfully admitted to Bermuda
  • Persons who hold valid visitor status in Canada (for Work Permit applications only).

Canada’s Biometric Requirement

You may need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when submitting an application for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. This new requirement affects citizens from 29 countries and one territory.

Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

How to submit an application

You are encouraged to apply online as applications submitted directly to the visa office will take longer to process

Temporary resident (visitor, student, temporary worker), permanent resident travel document applications and other types

How to apply
Application typeOnlineTo the visa office
in person
To the visa office
by drop box
To the visa office
by mail
Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor)YesYesYesNo
Study Permit**YesNo - Please send to the visa office in Los Angeles
Work Permit*YesYesYesNo*
Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD)NoYesYesNo
Temporary Resident PermitNoNoNoYes
Criminal RehabilitationNoNoNoYes
Authorization to Return to CanadaNoNoNoYes

If you need to give your biometrics you MUST apply onlineDO NOT apply through the visa office.  Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

* Exception - if you hold valid visitor status in Canada you may submit your Work Permit application to the visa office by mail.

** The visa office in New York only accepts Study Permit applications from citizens of, and persons lawfully admitted to Bermuda. Citizens of, and persons lawfully admitted to the United States (including Puerto Rico) and St. Pierre et Miquelon MUST submit their Study Permit applications to visa office in Los Angeles.

NOTE: Families should send their application in one package to the appropriate visa office based on the principal application.  In other words, if the principal applicant is applying for a work permit, then all other applications (study permits and visitor visas) should go with the principal application to the visa office in New York.  Or, if the principal applicant is applying for a study permit, then all other applications (work permit and visitor visas) should go with the principal application to the visa office in Los Angeles.

Specific requirements for diplomatic or official passport holders

  • A Temporary Resident Visa application form (be sure to sign all forms and include the bar code)
  • Schedule I
  • Family Information Form
  • Note Verbale from your mission, indicating the nature of your visit.
  • Two passport photos (with specifications noted in website).
  • Original passport and copy of biodata page.

You can choose from the following options to submit your application:

  • In person: on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1.30pm to 3pm (this procedure is recommended if you are within the boroughs of New York). Instructions on how to retrieve your documents will be given to you directly.
  • By mail to the address below - please also provide a valid self addressed, pre-paid express envelope for the return of your documents). This procedure may take longer.

Fees for visas are normally waived for holders of diplomatic passports who submit a Note Verbale with a fully completed application and for United Nations Personnel on Official Missions.

Hours of Operation

In-person submissions:

Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
except during Statutory Holiday (which may differ from local holidays).

Please note the following:

  • Service will be provided to the first 100 applicants.
  • Each adult applicant must be present in order to submit an application.
  • Applications for minor children may be submitted by the child’s parent or legal guardian providing proof of relation including: birth certificate of the child and related documentation.
  • We will review and assess your application based on information available in your application, usually without an interview or requesting for additional/missing documents. It is your responsibility to provide documents to support your application.
  • To make an enquiry on an application, please use the Case Specific Enquiry Form.  For general enquiries, please consult our websites at www.canadainternational.gc.ca or www.cic.gc.ca. Please note that the visa office does not accept or respond to telephone enquiries and will not respond to requests for case status if the application is within normal processing times or the information is available on our websites
  • Passports and original documents will not be returned in person. All passports and documents will be returned by mail.  The visa office will return passports to addresses in the USA or Canada only.

Building Security: All persons entering the visa office must pass through a metal detector and submit to a visual check of handbags, backpacks, etc.  The Consulate General of Canada reserves the right to prohibit entry of anyone who fails to comply with the screening process.

Drop Box Instructions

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. except on Statutory Holidays (which may differ from local holidays)

Please note the following:

  • We will review and assess your application based on information available in your application, usually without an interview or requesting for additional/missing documents. It is your responsibility to provide documents to support your application.
  • To make an enquiry on an application, please use the Case Specific Enquiry Form.  For general enquiries, please consult our websites at www.canadainternational.gc.ca or www.cic.gc.ca. Please note that the visa office does not accept or respond to telephone enquiries and will not respond to requests for case status if the application is within normal processing times or the information is available on our websites.
  • Passports and original documents will not be returned in person. All passports and documents will be returned by mail.  The visa office will return passports to addresses in the USA or Canada only.
  • If you do not provide an acceptable return envelope, the visa office will mail your passports and original documents via regular mail with no tracking number.

Building Security: All persons entering the visa office must pass through a metal detector and submit to a visual check of handbags, backpacks, etc.  The Consulate General of Canada reserves the right to prohibit entry of anyone who fails to comply with the screening process.

Mailing Instructions:

Available ONLY for:

  • Applications for an Authorization to Return to Canada
  • Applications for Criminal Rehabilitation
  • Applications for a Temporary Resident Permit
  • Applications for a Work Permit from persons who hold valid visitor status in Canada

Submission:

Please mail your application to:

Immigration Section
Consulate General of Canada in New York
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York
10020
United States of America

If your mailing address is in the USA:

  • Include a self-addressed United States Postal Service/USPS Express Mail flat rate envelope with the correct postage stamp affixed.  Metered postage is unacceptable.
  • Keep a record of the tracking number on the USPS Express Mail label so that you can track delivery of the envelope at www.USPS.com.
  • For USPS Priority Mail envelopes, you must also attach a Delivery Confirmation form with correct postage stamp affixed.  Metered postage is unacceptable.  (Priority Mail envelopes do not have a tracking number.)
  • If you do not provide an acceptable return envelope, the visa office will mail your passports and original documents via regular mail with no tracking number.

If your mailing address is in Canada:

  • We return passports and documents to addresses in Canada by US Postal Service First Class Mail only.  No tracking number is available for these packages.
  • The visa office is NOT responsible for passports or documents lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail or customs systems.
  • The visa office will not return passports or documents by commercial courier.
  • Enter a daytime telephone number on the mailing label above the recipient address.
  • We retain passports while your application is in process.  We will return original documents and the passport after your application has been finalized.