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Canada Biometrics Requirements: Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the Canadian immigration process involves several steps, one of which is providing biometrics. This article outlines the essential aspects of biometrics requirements for those immigrating to Canada, including who needs to provide them, exemptions, the process, and the impact on application processing.

Also Read- Step by step guide to immigrating to Canada

What Are Biometrics?

Biometrics refers to the collection of personal information used to verify an individual’s identity and ensure security. For Canadian immigration purposes, this includes:

1. Photograph: A digital photo of the applicant.

2. Fingerprints: Fingerprints of all ten fingers.

3. Additional Information: Other identifiable information from the passport’s information page.

This information helps the Canadian government determine if there are any security concerns or criminal records that might make an applicant inadmissible to Canada.

Who Needs to Provide Biometrics?
Certain categories of applicants are required to provide biometrics:

1. Work Permit Applicants: Individuals applying for a work permit in Canada.

2. Study Permit Applicants: Students planning to study in Canada.

3. Permanent Resident Applicants: Those seeking permanent residency in Canada.

4. Tourists: Tourists from countries that require a visa to enter Canada.


Not everyone entering Canada is required to provide biometrics. The exemptions include:

1. Children Under 14: Individuals under 14 years old.

2. Elderly Over 79: Individuals over 79 years old.

3. Visa-Exempt Tourists: Tourists from visa-exempt countries.

The Biometrics Process
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the biometrics process:

1. Receiving the Request: After submitting your immigration application (for a work permit, study permit, or permanent residency), you will receive a biometrics request letter within 24 to 48 hours.

2. Completing Biometrics: You generally have 30 days to complete the biometrics at designated collection points worldwide.

3. Authorized Locations: Biometrics can be completed at authorized third-party agencies approved by Canadian authorities. These agencies are available in most countries.

4. Extensions: While the standard timeframe is 30 days, extensions may be granted in extraordinary circumstances, such as during the coronavirus pandemic.

Impact on Application Processing

Timely completion of biometrics is crucial for the following reasons:

1- Avoiding Delays: Delays in completing biometrics can prolong the overall processing time of your immigration application.

2- Prompt Processing: Completing biometrics promptly helps ensure your application is processed without unnecessary delays.

Understanding and adhering to Canada’s biometrics requirements is a critical step in the immigration process. By providing the necessary biometrics promptly, applicants can avoid delays and facilitate a smoother application process. For further guidance, consulting with an immigration lawyer or consultant can provide additional support and ensure compliance with all requirements.

Also Read-Navigating the Canadian Immigration Process: Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid

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