31 August 2018

China Photo Requirements

China is a top visa destination for Canadians, and the requirements for a visa are very strict. For many people the toughest part is getting the photo just right.

The official Chinese government requirements for the photo are strict, and the image must be 33 mm x 48 mm in size. Make it a colour photograph.

Both ears must show in the image. Yes, your ears have to show. So if you have long hair please pin it back.

Jewelry is forbidden. No ear-rings, necklaces, studs, piercings, rings, etc. The photo cannot show even a hint of adornment.

Click here for the China photo requirements.

Saudi Sanction Hit Visas

You have all heard about the bizarre Saudi fit over the Canadian Government criticizing the KSA's horrid human rights record. For anyone in Canada still wanting to go to the KSA you should know that it is still technically possible but increasingly difficult.

All visa-seekers should immediately call 1-613-233-8472 for updates and visa processing.

Click here for KSA visa advice.

Reminder about Schengen Visas

This is just a gentle reminder from all of us at VSC that we do not process or aid in the processing of Schengen visas.

Non-Canadians seeking Schengen zone visas must apply IN PERSON only directly to the embassy of the country which is their primary destination in Europe.

Canadian citizens with Canadians passports do NOT need a Schengen visa, as we are allowed a stay of up to 90 days in the Schengen zone without a visa. This is a total of 90 days within each 180 period.

So our reminder to immigrants to Canada who hold foreign passports and Canadian Permanent Resident cards is that you must apply directly to the embassy in Ottawa. No third party can apply for you as you must go for your interview and your fingerprinting.

Click here for Schengen zone information.

Egypt Launches e-Visas

To the delight of our clients traveling to the Middle East, the Government of Egypt has launched their own e-Visa system. This means Canadians seeking to travel to Egypt and beyond can get the new e-Visa right from their home computer without having to ship their passport to Ottawa.

The price is about the same as the paper visa, but you save money on shipping and it is overall quicker.

Click here for the new Egypt e-Visa form.

China Promotes 144 hour Visa Waiver

Canadian citizens can acquire a 144-hour visa free transit in Shanghai airports and seaports, and Beijing Capital Airport. This visa-free travel is only offered to passengers who are transiting China by air or ship on their way to another/third country (from Canada through China to another country; or from another country through China to Canada). You must fly/sail in and out of Shanghai or Beijing or Tianjin Port. You cannot go to any other city. You cannot leave Shanghai or Beijing for another point in China. You cannot use this to go from Canada to China and back to Canada. The transit must be to a third country for air travel or sea ship travel purposes. It is also valid for entry of Shanghai by fast train from Hong Kong.

There are 3 requirements:
1) You must be a Canadian citizens or from one of the approved countries in the 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program;
2) You must be a Canadian national / foreign national with a valid Canadian passport / international traveling document, and air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country or region traveling within 144 hours; or the same for a ship (cruise); or the same for a non-stop Hong Kong-Shanghai rail journey; and;
3) You must be flying into and out of the Pudong or Hongqiao Airports of Shanghai, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International airport; or sailing/cruising into and out of one of the seaports of Shanghai; or Bijing Capital Airport; to a third country. Or entering Shanghai by high-speed non-stop rail from Hong Kong. This includes the following entry points: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG); Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA); Shanghai Port of International Cruise Terminal; Shanghai Wusongkou Port of International Cruise; Port of Shanghai Railway; Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG); Hangzhou International Airport (HGH); Beijing Capital Airport (PEK); and the Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.

This applies to Canadians and the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland; Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine; United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile; Australia, and New Zealand; Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Click here for China visas.

Turkey e-Visas Very Popular

Turkey requires all Canadians to have an e-visa issued to their passport in order to board an aircraft landing in Turkey.

The Turkish e-visas are great and are issued within a day.

Click here for the Turkey e-visa.

Iran Offers E-Visas !

Yes, amazingly, the government of Iran is now offering e-visas to Canadian passport holders.

After Canada severed all relations with Iran in 2012 and expelled the Iranian embassy staff, the only way to get visas for Iran was through the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC USA.

The new e-visas for Iran are all done by computer and you do not have to send your passport to the Pakistani Embassy!

Click here for the new Iran e-Visa details and links.

VSC Supports the Life and Hope Association in Cambodia

For ever a decade Visa Services Canada has supported the Cambodian NGO called LIFE AND HOPE ASSOCIATION.

LHA provides support to amputees, children and girls attempting to finish high school.

Click here to learn more and to donate to LHA

Pakistan Requires Interviews for a Visa

The High Commission of Pakistan, and the associated consulates, now require a formal IN-PERSON application and interview. Due to the security situation in Pakistan, and the number of fraudulent visa applications by persons with ulterior motives, the government now requires all applicants to appear before the consular officer.

Click here for Pakistan visa requirements.

Lesotho Launches e-Visa

The government of Lesotho has launched a new e-Visa system, so Canadians can now get Lesotho visas without giving up their passports. This is a very good thing.

Click here for the new Lesotho e-visa forms.