Foreign attendees, if you are planning on attending the CDA/CSEM Professional Conference and Annual Meetings please follow the instructions below. Our conference is registered with the Canadian Immigration Special Event Unit.

Submission of Applications:

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa applications.  Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

Delegates are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance of the date of the event at a Visa Application Centre or on-line at E-applications (e-Apps).


This system allows clients to submit applications online.

Delegates that need a visa but require their passport for other travel purposes are strongly encouraged to submit their visa applications online (e-Apps).  Delegates that choose to apply online will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been made on their applications.  If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process. 

Visa Application Centres (VACs):

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants. 

VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC.  Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the IRCC website.

VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process

Visa Applications Processing Times:

Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of year.  Participants are encouraged to apply early for their visas and to submit complete applications, including all supporting documents.  

Please visit the IRCC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.

NEW - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this time, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada. We invite you to consult the IRCC website regularly for information updates on eTA.