The Service Canada appointment system for scheduling biometrics appointments will resume service online on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.
This will allow clients of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to book their own biometrics appointments online which should be more efficient and well organized.
Since Mid-September, Service Canada officers began calling IRCC clients to begin scheduling their biometrics appointments.
But, effective this coming Monday, clients who have not been contacted should use the online scheduling tool to book their own biometrics appointment, as indicated in their biometrics instruction letter.
IRCC says in its media briefing that clients should book their appointment at the Service Canada office location closest to them.
Walk-in service is not available so only applicants with appointments will be allowed to lodge their biometrics at Service Canada locations.
Applicants for Canadian permanent residence who have not lodged biometrics within the last ten (10) years will need an appointment to meet the biometrics components of their immigration application processing.
IRCC also stated that biometrics exemptions will continue to be in effect for temporary residence applicants in Canada, and permanent residence candidates who submitted their biometrics in the last ten (10) years.
More about Biometrics Appointments and Requirements
A few months ago, Canada was waiving biometrics requirements for permanent residence applicants who have lodged biometrics in another application within the last ten years.
Canada also exempts 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.
However, with the latest announcements, the Service Canada appointment system for scheduling biometrics appointments will reopen service as of November 30.
Where to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
Service Canada Centres are gradually reopening biometrics collection services points for permanent residence applicants who need to give biometrics and have not done so within the last ten (10) years.
Officers from Service Canada will call you to book an appointment. Do not go to a Service Canada Centre unless a Service Canada officer contacts you and schedules an appointment for you.
Currently, some visa application centres (VACs) are reopening. Check the VAC website before you go to make sure it’s open. In some VACs locations, you may need to wear a mask and follow other health and safety rules.