Biometrics are fingerprints and photo. You need to give biometrics if you apply for:
- a visitor visa
- a work or study permit (excluding US nationals)
- permanent residence
- refugee or asylum status
- an extension of your stay in Canada, known as a visitor record (as of December 3, 2019)
- a work or study permit extension (as of December 3, 2019)
- There are some exemptions.
Due to COVID-19, anyone in Canada applying for temporary residence is exempt from giving biometrics. This temporary measure applies to you if you’re both of the following:
- in Canada
- applying or have an application in progress:
- to extend your stay as a student, worker, or visitor
- to restore your status as a student, worker, or visitor
- for a work or study permit
- for a visitor visa
- for a temporary resident permit
Biometrics Validity: 10 years
If you gave biometrics in the last 10 years for a visitor visa, work permit or study permit, and they’re still valid, you do not have to give them again if you’re applying to visit, work, or study.
If you have forgotten if you previously undergone your biometrics or unsure if they are still valid, you can enter your information on this link to find out: https://onlineservices-servicesenligne.cic.gc.ca/extapp/termsAndConditions?&lang=en
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