Resumption of biometrics collection for temporary residence applicants in Canada
Ottawa, February 23, 2023—The Government of Canada is resuming the collection of biometrics for individuals in Canada who are applying for temporary residence.
Individuals who apply for temporary residence on or after February 23, 2023, need to provide their biometrics.
This includes those applying
- to extend their stay as a student, worker or visitor
- to restore their status as a student, worker or visitor
- for a work or study permit
- for a visitor visa
- for a temporary resident permit
There are some exemptions and some temporary measures for biometrics collection still in place for special situations.
On July 15, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a policy to temporarily exempt individuals applying for temporary residence within Canada from providing biometrics. This policy was implemented in response to COVID-19 pandemic closures and service disruptions at biometric collection locations across Canada.
Temporary residence applicants can give their biometrics at 1 of over 70 Service Canada Centre collection sites across Canada. Applicants must book an appointment before visiting a biometrics collection site.
If you are required to give your biometrics as part of your application for temporary residence, you must pay the biometric fee when you submit your application. You will then receive a biometric instruction letter by email. Information on how to give your biometrics is available online.
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