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Biometrics For International Experience Class- What You Need To Know

Submitting biometrics is now required for International Experience Class (IEC) applicants as from 2019. If you are planning to come to Canada under IEC for a working holiday, study permit, Internship or Young Professional permit etc, you might want to read this update!

Starting for July 31, 2018, it is compulsory to give your photos and fingerprint (biometrics) when filing for permanent residence, work permit or a visitor visa, if you are from Africa, Europe, the Middle East. But, applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas will now be required to complete their Biometrics after December 31, 2018.

Because biometrics for International Experience Class (IEC) applicants has caused some disruptions and controversies since being implemented in 2018, we have put together this guide to make you see the benefits and understand what biometrics for IEC for Canada immigration is all about.

What are biometrics?

The biometric process has to do with the collection of electronic fingerprints, a digital photograph, and personal information of applicants. There is a fee charged to individual applicants amounting to of $85 CAD, with families applying together at the same time, applicants will pay as much as $170.

This means as from 2019, when you are applying for study and work permit to Canada, you will now have to be captured or have your fingerprints scanned and photo taken at the immigration office.

Why has Canada introduced biometrics for IEC participants?

As earlier stated above, submitting biometrics is not only required for International Experience Class, it’s required for applications for a study permit, visitor visa, work permit (including IEC applicants), permanent residence, or asylum or refugee status, with a few exceptions.

Biometrics for International Experience Class (IEC) 2019 season

With the 2019 IEC season now on top gear, the new season is quite similar to that of previous years. In fact, of the changes made for the 2019 iteration of the IEC program, most are positive with Portugal now included on the list of designated IEC countries, Austrian candidates are now eligible to apply for the popular IEC working holiday work permit, and Australians applicants able to apply up to the age of Thirty-five (35).

However, if the general tone of the IEC program in 2019 season remains on the positive, not all changes have been met with general approval. Top of this list is the process by which biometric testing has been made compulsory for IEC applicants.

If you are still having inquiries and questions about biometrics, kindly leave them below and we will do our best to reply to them as soon as possible!