Program delivery update: COVID-19 – Biometric exemption of temporary residence applicants applying from within Canada

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

July 23, 2020

Temporary residence applicants in Canada have been unable to give required biometrics due to the closure of Service Canada Centres. This has led to a growing inventory of in-Canada temporary residence applications.

To mitigate this issue, there is now a public policy that exempts in-Canada applicants from the biometrics requirement, where the applicant has a pending or new application for

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