Biometrics

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