Police certificates

You need to give your biometrics

You now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are from Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Find out who needs to give biometrics.

In most cases, when you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, you need to get a police certificate.

We may also ask you for one if you are coming to Canada as a:

  • caregiver
  • tourist
  • student
  • temporary worker

We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help us make sure you’re not a security risk.

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