Have you submitted your visitor visa application before September 7, 2021? Then you cannot ignore this post

If you applied before September 7, 2021, and you already told IRCC that you qualify for a COVID-19 exemption

You do not need to submit a new application or write to IRCC again.

They’ll process the application you submitted before September 7, 2021. 

  • It doesn’t matter if you applied via the IRCC Portal, via your IRCC secure account, or on paper.

They’ll send you an email if IRCC would need more information from you or when they reach a decision.

If your situation has changed since you submitted your visitor visa application

IRCC recommends that you must submit a new online application if

  • you submitted your visitor visa application before September 7, 2021; and
  • your situation has changed; and
  • you’re travelling for one of the following reasons:
    • to be reunited with an immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen, a person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or a permanent resident of Canada
    • to be reunited with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily
    • to be reunited with an extended family member who is a Canadian citizen, a person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or a permanent resident of Canada.
    • to visit for business (meeting, special event, training)
    • to attend an end-of-life ceremony or a funeral
    • to be present during the final moments of life of a loved one
    • to provide care to a critically ill person
    • to join a vessel as a marine crew member
    • to assume a posting as a diplomat or to travel as an accompanying immediate family member of a diplomat arriving on posting who will also be accredited in Canada
    • to handle the affairs of a victim of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752
  • Make sure to include up-to-date information and, if possible, your previous application number.

By submitting a new application, your previous visitor visa application will be withdrawn. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a refund from IRCC, and you won’t receive a written confirmation that your previous application has been withdrawn from IRCC

If you don’t intend to travel to Canada right now

There’s nothing else you need to do. Your application will remain in the queue for processing.

If you no longer want to travel to Canada

You can request a withdrawal via the webform. There is no guarantee by IRCC that you will get a refund.

Source: IRCC official website

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