Foreign Nationals Will Now Need to Provide Biometrics Within Canada

IRCC announced that starting December 3, foreign workers, international students, visa-required visitors, and permanent residents will need to give their fingerprints and photo (biometrics) if they are applying within Canada. This also includes those apply to extend their work permits, study permits or visitor records. Applicants will be able to provide their biometrics at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country.


All biometrics you provide for a temporary residence application are valid for 10 years, regardless of the outcome of the application. The validity period of a temporary residence status document cannot extend beyond the remaining validity period of the biometric information. If you want to apply for a new 10-year visa and last enrolled your biometrics 8 years ago, you can obtain a visa for 2 years or you would have to re-enrol your biometrics to receive a visa for the full 10 years.


You cannot use the biometrics you have provided in support of a temporary residence application for a permanent residence application.


Applicants younger than 14 years or older than 79 years are exempt from providing biometric information.

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