|Canada Is Expanding Its Biometrics Collection Program
|Canada’s rules are changing: Temporary and permanent resident applicants
from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will soon need to give their biometrics
Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program. Starting
December 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific
and the Americas will need to give their fingerprints and a photo (biometrics)
when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent
This same requirement has applied to nationals from countries in Europe,
the Middle East and Africa since July 31, 2018, and to temporary resident
applicants from 29 countries and 1 territory since 2013.
Collecting biometrics provides many benefits: it helps stop those who pose
a risk to the safety and security of Canadians from entering the country,
while also helping officials better manage applicants’ identities, facilitating
application processing and simplifying entry for travellers with legitimate identities.
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Quick tips for those expecting family or friends from overseas
· Biometrics adds a new step in the application process. Applicants will need to
factor in the time to give their fingerprints and photo before travelling to Canada.
· Applicants should pay the biometrics collection fee when they submit their
application. Otherwise they may experience delays. For Individual applicants,
the fee is CAD $85, and for families applying together at the same time,
it is CAD $170.
· Applicants who use the services of an immigration consultant or a travel agent to
complete their application will still need to go in person to give their biometrics.
Applicants can give their biometrics at:
o any Visa Application Centre (VAC), provided they can legally enter the country
the VAC is located in.
o a U.S. Application Support Center (ASCs) or VAC, provided they are already
legally in the U.S. There are 135 ASCs in the U.S. and U.S. territories and 2 VACs
(New York City and Los Angeles).
· Applicants must make an appointment to give their biometrics at a VAC in Asia,
Asia Pacific and the Americas.
To note, Canada is doing everything it can to make the process as smooth as
possible. For example:
· Those applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit only have to give
biometrics once every 10 years, which greatly facilitates those who make repeat
visits to Canada.
· We are also expanding our worldwide network of VACs, and increasing capacity
at existing VACs, to make services more accessible to a wider audience.
By December 31, 2018, there will be 152 VACs in 103 countries.
Visit Canada.ca/biometrics for more information, including who needs to give
biometrics; where to go to give biometrics; and the steps to give biometrics.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
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