What is Biometrics?
Biometrics are measurements of unique physical characteristics. For Canadian Immigration purposes, biometrics include fingerprints and a photograph of the face.
Who needs Biometrics?
Biometrics are currently required when nationals from certain countries apply to come to Canada as a visitor (tourist), Study or Work Permit holder. However, expansion of this requirement will include most countries starting:
- July 31, 2018: Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- December 31, 2018: Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas
Where to submit Biometrics?
When you submit an application to enter Canada as a visitor, student or worker, you will need to provide your biometrics in person at an official biometrics collection location:
Are there any exemptions?
Exemptions to this requirement include:
- US nationals
- Visa-exempt nationals with a valid eTA who wish to come to Canada as tourists/visitors
- Applicants who are under the age of 14 or over the age of 79 (note: there is no upper age limit for asylum claimants)
- US visa holders transiting through Canada
- Temporary residents in Canada or those holding a temporary resident permit, or a Study or Work Permit who provided biometrics in the last 10 years
- As of July 31, 2018, for foreign nationals from Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- As for December 31, 2018, for foreign nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas
- Foreign nationals currently in Canada who wish to apply for a Visa, Study or Work Permit, this exception is only UNTIL the in-Canada service is established in 2019
How much does it cost?
Cost of providing biometrics when submitting an application:
- CAD $85 for individual applicants
- CAD $170 maximum total fee for a family applying together at the same time