Program delivery update: Removal of the public policy exempting foreign nationals with previous biometrics on file who are applying for permanent residence from biometrics
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
June 14, 2023
On June 14, 2023, the public policy exempting foreign nationals with previous biometrics on file who are applying for permanent residence from the biometrics requirement was lifted, and changes to the GCMS have restored pre-pandemic procedures. Permanent residence applications submitted on or after June 14, 2023 will now be required to submit biometrics as per regular procedures, unless otherwise exempt.
As a result, the program delivery instructions related to the public policy exemption have been removed.
- General processing measures: COVID-19 program delivery
- Biometrics exemptions
- Biometrics – 1 in 10 expiry periods
- Biometric exemption for permanent residence applicants with previous biometrics on file: COVID-19 program delivery
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