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CANADA: Biometrics Now Required for Certain In-Canada Applications

, 05/12/2019

Effective 3 December 2019, applicants within Canada for work permit, study permit and visa extensions, as well as for permanent residence, must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Service Canada location.


Since 2018, Canada has collected biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) from most nationalities applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit, or study permit from outside Canada. Now this has been expanded to in-Canada applications.


The following are exempt from the biometric requirements:

Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents;
US citizens (unless applying for permanent residence);
Children under the age of 14;
Applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants);
Heads of state and heads of government;
Applicants who qualify for or hold a diplomatic or official visa;
Refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit;
Temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress.
Applicants who gave biometrics in the last 10 years for a visitor visa, work permit, or study permit, and the permit or visa is still valid, don’t have to give them again if they’re applying to visit, work, or study.