Canadian students are no longer obligated to visit the consulate in person. They can send their visa application by mail and include a pre-addressed and pre-paid envelope (XPRESSPOST, DHL, FEDEX, LOOMIS, PUROLATOR, etc.) inside, so that the consulate can send them back their passport and original documents.

-Students of all other nationalities must visit the consulate in person in order to submit a request for a visa.

Biometric fingerprinting is now a required component of the visa application and is done at the consulate.