New in-Canada biometric requirements from IRCC

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

As of December 3, 2019, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires you to submit your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when applying for all immigration applications from within Canada.

Biometrics is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, like fingerprints and facial features, and is used for the purpose of verifying identity. It is typically valid for ten years. Here’s what you should know:

For students who’ve submitted:

  • If you completed your biometrics before coming to Canada and within the last ten years, you won’t need to submit them again until the ten year period passes; except if you're applying for permanent residency. If you’re unsure, you can use the Check Status tool to find out if your biometrics are still valid.
  • If you submitted an application prior to December 3, you may still receive a request for payment of the fee and biometrics to be completed. Keep a close eye on your IRCC account for any notifications from IRCC.

For students who’ve not submitted:

  • If you’ve never given your biometrics and are applying for a study permit, work permit, visitor visa or permanent residency, you’ll be required to give biometrics. There are some exemptions to be aware of.
  • After submitting your application, including paying the biometric fee of $85, you’ll receive a Biometrics Instruction Letter. After receiving this letter, you can book an appointment through Service Canada’s Appointment System. Then, you’ll give your biometrics at your nearest designated Service Canada office. The closest one to Waterloo is located at 40 Weber Street East (Mezzanine Level) in Kitchener.

If you’ve any questions or concerns about biometrics, please contact the immigration consultants for support.