Program delivery update: Removal of the public policy exempting foreign nationals in Canada applying for temporary 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.

February 23, 2023

On February 23, 2023, the public policy exempting in-Canada temporary residence applicants from the biometrics requirement was revoked, and changes to the Global Case Management System have restored pre-pandemic procedures. Temporary residence applications submitted within Canada on or after February 23, 2023, will now require biometrics as per regular procedures, unless otherwise exempt. As a result, the instructions related to the public policy exemption have been removed.

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