Biometrics expansion

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.

What happens when you arrive

About inspection kiosks at major Canadian airports and how we will confirm your identity at other ports of entry.

Find out about biometrics inspection

Get answers to your questions

Popular questions about giving fingerprints and a photo when you apply to come to Canada.

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Facts about biometrics

Who needs to give biometrics, exceptions, how often, how much it costs.

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Protecting applicants’ privacy

How we will protect the security and privacy of your information, and information sharing with partner countries.

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