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Biometrics Expansion in Canada

Biometrics Expansion in Canada

Starting in the summer of 2018, when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence you will need to give your fingerprints and a photo. To facilitate repeat travel to Canada, applicants for a visitor visa, study or work permit will only need to give their biometrics once every 10 years.

How to give your fingerprints and a photo
Make sure you need to give your biometrics
  • If you apply for the first time, you need to give your biometrics unless you are exempt
  • If you gave them before as part of an application for a visitor visa, study or work permit
    • your biometrics data is probably still valid
    • if so, you don’t have to give your biometrics again for a new application
Go to an official location to give your biometrics

Once you receive the letter from us that says you need biometrics, you have to go in person to an official biometrics collection service location.

Outside Canada
Canadian port of entry
  • Only available for
    • asylum claimants, and
    • workor studypermit applicants who are eligible to apply at the port of entry
In Canada
  • If you are applying for a visa, study or work permit or permanent residence in Canada – you are exempt until the in-Canada service is established in 2019.


To find out where you can give your fingerprints and photo, clickhere. 

To learn more about the biometrics expansion, click here.

To apply for a VISA to Canada, click here.

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