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Canada Waives Biometrics Requirements For Certain Canadian Immigrant Applicants

Canada is waiving biometrics requirements for permanent residence applicants who have submitted biometrics in another application within the last ten years.

Canada’s immigration department have previously taken special measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as allowing delays for biometric submissions if applicants are not able to submit them.

It is yet to known as to when many of the biometric collection service points in Canada and abroad will continue their operation as normal.

These closures of service point and Visa Application Centres (VACs) have really affected thousands of permanent residence applicants.

Many of these applicants had previously lodged their biometrics in a previous application.

In addition, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said in a statement that Canada has a growing number of applications for Canadian permanent residence that can’t be processed because of the biometrics requirements.

As such, IRCC aims to reduce further disruptions on such people by waiving the biometrics requirement in certain cases.

Eligible Applicants And Effective Date

According to the immigration services, this policy came into effect on Sept. 10, 2020 and was operationalized on Sept. 22, 2020. It will remain in force indefinitely.

Eligible applicants who are exempted from biometrics collection requirement irrespective of whether they are currently residing in Canada or abroad are those with both of the following:

  • a pending or new application for Canadian permanent residence
  • previously submitted their biometrics within the last ten (10) years period before the day on which they submitted their present permanent residence application

More about Biometrics Requirements

Canada has exempt other foreign nationals from providing biometrics due to its recognition that the coronavirus crisis may prevent them from doing so.

Biometrics is usually requested from foreign nationals who seek to obtain a Canadian visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), permanent residence, refugee or asylum status, a visitor record, or to extend their study or work permit.

These persons are required to submit their photograph, fingerprints, and pay a fee. IRCC uses biometrics to confirm the identity of foreigners upon their entry to the country.