The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, is pleased to announce that Canadian officials will be in Antigua from 27 to 29 January 2020 to carry out biometric processing for persons wishing to obtain visas.

As part of the visa application process, Antigua and Barbuda nationals must provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study, work, or temporary residence permit, or for permanent residence. During the upcoming January dates, Antigua and Barbuda visa applicants may take the opportunity to provide biometric information in Antigua rather than travelling abroad.

If you are planning to travel to Canada for study, business, tourism, family reunions or other reasons, please complete your online visa application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this opportunity in January. Canada is pleased that officials will be able to travel to meet applicants on-site at the Parliament Building in January, and it is hoped that this eased convenience will be fully taken advantage of. Outside of this visit, standard procedures remain for Antigua and Barbuda nationals to travel to biometrics collection points in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago at all other times.

This exercise is geared towards the following individuals:

1. Antigua and Barbuda nationals who anticipate travel to Canada;

2. Persons who have already applied whether online or by mail for a visa, work or study permit or for permanent residence and have received their Biometric Instruction Letter; and

3. Nationals of other biometric information-required countries residing in Antigua and Barbuda planning to travel to Canada.

In order to book an appointment for biometrics collection, please write to referencing your visa application file number.  Canadian officials will be pleased to assist applicants with both appointments and the required Biometrics Instruction Letter during the hours listed. Officials will not be collecting applications or biometric information from applicants who have not received this letter.

All applicants will be required to bring their Biometrics Instruction Letter with them in order to have their biometrics taken. The biometrics collection will take place from 08:00 to 17:00 on Monday, January 27, 08:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28 and 08:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Parliament Building.