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Repeat Applicants

Mailing in your application

If you have had your biometrics recorded within the last 59 months with the specific purpose of obtaining a Schengen visa (type C), we may be able to reuse the fingerprints for a new application.

Biometrics recorded for residence permits of Schengen member states, entry visas (type D), Canadian or US visas and similar cannot be used for a Schengen visa. In general, it's not possible to use previously recorded biometrics for the purpose of residence permit applications, including renewals.

In order for us to verify our access to your previously recorded biometrics, please send an email to and include the visa sticker number as well as the country that issued the visa.

In rare cases, it is not possible to import the biometrics, even if they are present in the system. If you mail in your application and we are not able to locate your biometrics, a personal appearance will be mandatory.


Eligible applicants should mail in their applications accordingly:

Send your application to VFS Global in Vancouver if you are a resident in the following provinces:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan

Send your application to VFS Global in Ottawa if you are a resident in the below provinces:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec

If you mail your application to the Toronto office, please be advised that it will be forwarded to the Ottawa office, which will cause an additional delay due to shipping.

Contact information for the VFS Global centres can be found here.

Additional Document Requirements

If you are eligible to mail your application to VFS, you must include the following items in addition to the documentation listed on the appropriate checklist in Step 2

  • One up-to-date passport photo of yourself (no more than 90 days old).
  • A copy of the visa sticker your biometrics were previously recorded for.
  • A certified cheque made out to VF Services (Canada) Inc in the required amount, which covers VFS Global's administrative fee as well as return shipping. Please note that it must be a certified cheque or a bank draft. Personal cheques and postal money orders are not accepted. A list of fees can be found here.
  • A completed contact information sheet.