Facts about biometrics
Who needs to give their fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
Normally, you need to give biometrics if you apply for
- a visitor visa
- a work or study permit (excluding US nationals)
- permanent residence
- refugee or asylum status
- an extension of your stay in Canada, known as a visitor record
- a work or study permit extension
Use the Check status tool to find out if your biometrics are still valid.
If you have an alien’s passport you need to give your biometrics, regardless of the country that issued the passport.
Answer a few questions to find out if you need to give biometrics.
If you apply for permanent residence on or after June 14, 2023
You need to give your biometrics, even if you gave them in the last 10 years. As of June 14, 2023, we’re resuming biometrics collection for all permanent residence applicants.
Temporary measures for biometrics
There may be temporary measures and exemptions related to biometrics collection that could apply to you.
When to give your fingerprints and photo
You can give your biometrics only as part of an application you submit to us.
Read your instruction guide to find out how to apply and when you need to give your biometrics.
- Example: If you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, you’ll need to give your biometrics before we start to process your application.
Find out how to give your biometrics.
How often you need to give your fingerprints and photo
Visitor visa, study and work permit applicants
You need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. You don’t need to give your biometrics again until the 10-year period expires.
If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.
Find out if your biometrics are still valid and when they expire by using the Check status tool.
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