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Lionia

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Feb 2, 2021
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Hello!
What means when you receive letter of pre-arrival services?
Does it mean you application passed the eligibility?
What should be next and what is the time lines for the next step.
Please share your experience.

Thank you everyone!
 

armoured

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Feb 1, 2015
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Hello!
What means when you receive letter of pre-arrival services?
Does it mean you application passed the eligibility?
What should be next and what is the time lines for the next step.
Please share your experience.

Thank you everyone!
Typically means 'approval in principle,' or eligibilty in most main senses.

Next steps are typically DM in ecas and passport request.

Timelines all over the place, but hopefully within a month or two. (Sometimes faster, sometimes slow for no clear reason)

Previous experience of several here with warsaw (after getting active again in summer) was 2-6 weeks between pre-arrival and PPR.
 

armoured

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Thanks a lot!

Can you please provide a little more details for this?
What means 'approval in principle' and 'eligibility in most main senses'?
Unfortunately I can't say exactly - don't think anyone knows precisely except employees.

So _I think_ it means that the officer in charge of the file thinks eligibility is 'done' and the passport request/final decision will come soon - but that it may not have been signed off by the person that has the final authority (his/her boss). Or possibly some minor thing pending that is considered routine.

Perhaps a bit like "your mortgage has been approved." Yes, it has some level of approval, but you don't have the contract yet.

Anyway seems to usually mean everything is fine; but unfortunately that doesn't tell you precisely when.
 
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Lionia

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Thank a lot!

Did any one here had a recent experience with Warsaw VO and get pre-arrival? How long did it take to move to the next step?
 

armoured

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Feb 1, 2015
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Did anyone recently issued visa in Canadian Embassy in Moscow via VAC?
How long does it take now?
We've actually done it twice (long story that's not relevant). Both times was about two weeks - not accounting for minor delays. Since the VAC seems to not work all days or at least not handle these every day, varies a bit. They had a backlog in the fall that seems to be more under control now.

But note: if there's any issue such as missing forms/ photos the wrong size, it will get drawn out. Make sure they have the right contact info, they are not very diligent in checking. And call/chat with VAC before submitting - best several times - as the info on website is NOT reliable. (But should be easier if you are submitting just one passport not several). In particular there are TWO consent forms that must be signed and submitted.

Interestingly the second time we submitted it turned out that the visa had been printed in Warsaw not Moscow. I presume that added a few days but it wasn't noticeably longer (presumably backlog cleared).

Of course if you are booking flights based on when you expect to get it back, wait and/or book tickets that you can change. Mistakes do happen and it could take longer.
 
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Lionia

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Feb 2, 2021
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We've actually done it twice (long story that's not relevant). Both times was about two weeks - not accounting for minor delays. Since the VAC seems to not work all days or at least not handle these every day, varies a bit. They had a backlog in the fall that seems to be more under control now.

But note: if there's any issue such as missing forms/ photos the wrong size, it will get drawn out. Make sure they have the right contact info, they are not very diligent in checking. And call/chat with VAC before submitting - best several times - as the info on website is NOT reliable. (But should be easier if you are submitting just one passport not several). In particular there are TWO consent forms that must be signed and submitted.

Interestingly the second time we submitted it turned out that the visa had been printed in Warsaw not Moscow. I presume that added a few days but it wasn't noticeably longer (presumably backlog cleared).

Of course if you are booking flights based on when you expect to get it back, wait and/or book tickets that you can change. Mistakes do happen and it could take longer.
Thank you!

I am talking about PR visa.
Our medical is valid until April 1st, and they asked if we prefer another medical or that validity of visa will be until April 1st.
The concerns is that passport may not arrive until April 1st in the case of delays
 

armoured

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Feb 1, 2015
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Thank you!

I am talking about PR visa.
Our medical is valid until April 1st, and they asked if we prefer another medical or that validity of visa will be until April 1st.
The concerns is that passport may not arrive until April 1st in the case of delays
I think getting it in a couple of weeks is realistic. Perhaps three with some buffer. But you'll have to decide - obviously would be safer to do an additional medical and have the room in case of flight or other issues coming up.
 

KARGOSA

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Nov 18, 2020
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Hello all,

Does anyone else have trouble logging into ECAS? This past hour I'm met with a "We were not able to identify you using the information you provided." I've used ECAS 100 times, the information used to login is the same as always.

Our online application profile is still accessible with all information intact.