On May 3, 2021, the Canadian High Commission in India announced

a closure of all but the most urgent consular services due to the

emerging COVID-19 situation. Consequently, VFS centers closed for

regular services indefinitely. This echoes similar measures last

year when VFS centers in India were closed during the beginning of

the pandemic, only to finally reopen in late November 2020.

Although there is no direct instruction regarding when the centers

will reopen, and thus many people are left with no concrete idea of

how long they will have to wait for the processing of their

applications, we do have some positive news that should at least

alleviate some concern. Once the services resume, VFS centers will

waive the deadlines for passport submission and biometric

collection (30 days and 90 days respectively). No further action

will be required from applicants, and the letters they have

received will be valid despite expired dates.

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