Tracking Canada Visa Application in Nigeria 2024

Tracking your Canada Visa application is possible via the VFS.Global track your application portal.

The track your application service allows you to know your Visa application status. This service provides information on the current location of your application/passport but not on the exact stage of the application process.

Whether you are applying for the Canadian Study, Work or other Visa types, you would need to track your Visa application online.

You must have submitted your Visa application or passport at the Canada Visa Application Centre and received an acknowledgement receipt with a tracking number.

This post is about tracking Canadian Visa applications in Nigeria.

Let me know if you have any questions or need further assistance travelling to Canada. I would love to hear from you.

VFS Global Portal

VFS Global is the exclusive service provider for the Government of Canada, authorized to provide administrative support services to Visa applicants in Nigeria.


  • Apply for a Visa
  • Book an Appointment
  • Find a Centre
  • Additional Services

Tracking Canada Visa Application in Nigeria

You can track your passport/documents via online/web chat/helpline number/email provided below. To track your passport/documents online, you’ll have to enter the Tracking ID number mentioned on the receipt received from the Visa Application Centre, and your Date of Birth.

Following are the methods to track your application:

Track Canada Visa Application Online

The following are the procedures to track your Canada Visa application online in Nigeria;

  1. Visit the Canada Immigration portal
  2. Click on the drop-down menu
  3. Select your Visa type
  4. Click on Continue
  5. Sign in to your IRCC secure account

Types of Canadian Visa for Nigerian Citizens

The following are the type of Canadian Visa for Nigerian citizens;

  1. Study Visa
  2. Visitor Visa
  3. Immigration
  4. Family Sponsorship
  5. Citizenship
  6. Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  7. Work Permit
  8. Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
  9. Refugees
  10. Verification of Status (VOS) or request to amend

Steps for Canadian Visa Application

Here is the step-by-step process for the Canadian Visa application;

The step-by-step process for Canada Visa application for Nigerians

  1. Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip 

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and the fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable to your visa category.

    Visit Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website for detailed guidelines.

    You can click on the following links to obtain detailed information:
    Temporary Resident Visa
    Study Permit
    Work Permit
    Permanent Resident Travel Document

    It is mandatory to submit a duly completed and signed VFS Consent Form along with your application.

  2. Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    You can download the visa application form, fill it in, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission. You can also submit your online application directly to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    Fill out the application form electronically. The completed form (including the barcoded sheets) will have to be printed on white, bond quality, non-glossy paper, using a laser printer. Please ensure that the 2D barcode (2 copies) is printed clearly and on high-quality paper. Hand-written forms will not be accepted.

    You’ll have to complete supporting documents as per the IRCC document checklist relevant to your visa category. If you are unable to provide all the supporting documents as mentioned in the official IRCC document checklist, you’ll have to fill out the waiver form, sign it and attach it with your application form.

    You’ll have to read the Privacy Policy and fill out the consent form and then attach it with your application form. If you fail to include a complete and signed consent form with your application, our staff will not be able to assist you, and your application will be returned to you.

  3. Book an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.
    If you are not required to submit your biometric information, you do not need to make an appointment to visit your local Canada Visa Application Centre.

    Simply visit the Visa Application Centre at your convenience along with your passport, photographs, completed forms, the Government of Canada Fee, and all the supporting documents listed in the 
    IRCC document checklist .

    To find out if you need to give biometrics, please visit

  4. Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have completed your application, you’ll have to pay your visa application fee. If you want to download the form to print and carry it with you to the Visa Application Centre, then you can pay at the time of your appointment.

    You’ll have to pay the Government of Canada Fee and biometric fee (if required) as per instructions on the IRCC website.

  5. Visit the Visa application centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    If you have not submitted your application online, you’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out what happens at the Visa Application Centre.

    If you are not required to submit biometrics, please visit the Visa Application Centre during business hours.

    Once you arrive at the Canada Visa Application Centre, your application and biometrics (if applicable) will be collected. Pay the applicable Visa Application Centre service charges and obtain a receipt. This receipt will contain your unique tracking number, which will help you track the progress of your application online.

  6. Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application
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    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone.

    Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    Visit the track your application page to gather more information.

  7. Collect your Visa

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

    Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    In order to collect the decision envelope in person at the Visa Application Centre, you must provide the following:

    A copy of the stamped biographic page of your passport

    The original Visa Application Centre Services Receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre

    A form of government identification

    You may also delegate someone to collect your decision envelope at the Visa Application Centre. Your delegate must provide the following:

    The signed Visa Application Centre services consent form with the delegate’s name and relationship to the applicant

    A copy of the stamped biographic page of the applicant’s passport

    The original Visa Application Centre Services Receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre

    A form of the delegate’s government identification

    It is your responsibility to check the details of the visa issued to ensure that it is valid for the date of proposed entry to Canada, the number of entries required, and for the purpose of the trip.

    You’ll have to check these details immediately after collecting your decision envelope.

    The validity period and the number of entries are determined solely by the Visa Office and may differ from what was requested in your application.

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