Fingerprints is Now Mandatory In Applying For Canada Visa




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Starting today July 31, 2018, fingerprints and a photo will become mandatory for many people from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa applying for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit. permanent residence or asylum in Canada.

The process of getting the fingerprints and photo is called biometrics and will be required for identification purposes.

The Government of Canada says the collection of biometrics will facilitate application processing and simplify entry into Canada for low-risk travelers.

All travelers between the ages of 14 and 79 must provide biometric information, except in asylum cases, for which there is no upper age limit.

The process of providing your biometric information only takes a few minutes and costs CAD $85 for an individual or CAD $170 for a family that is applying together.

How does it work?

Biometrics are used at both the application and entry into Canada phases. Biometrics allows visa officers to screen applicants for prior criminal convictions or Canadian immigration infractions. A traveler's biometrics are used when they enter Canada to confirm his or her identity.

According to CICNews, eight major Canadian airports will have self-serve Primary Inspection Kiosks where fingerprints will be verified, photos confirmed and travelers can make an on-screen declaration.

Locations to provide your biometrics

People outside Canada applying for the first time can provide their biometrics at a Government of Canada-authorized Visa Application Centre (VAC) when you're applying for a visa in person. Here are 137 VACs in 95 countries where an applicant can give their biometrics.

Inside Canada
if you are applying in person in Canada, you will be able to give your biometric information at specified Service Canada locations starting in 2019. Until then, IRCC says anyone applying for a visa, study or work permit or permanent residence in Canada is exempt from the biometrics requirement.

Biometrics Validity period

An applicant for a visitor visa or work/study permit only needs to give their biometrics once every 10 years. However, if you have an application refused and you later reapply, you will need to renew your biometrics.

If you are applying for permanent residence, IRCC says you will need to give your biometrics and pay the fee regardless of whether you provided it in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application or a different application for permanent residence.



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