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.




Disclaimer: The information from the newsletter is directly derived from IRCC. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.