In this video we will be discussing about the Biometrics which will no longer be required for certain Canadian immigration applicants

Canada is abandoning biometrics requirements for permanent residence applicants who registered their biometrics in the last 10 years.

Canada does not require permanent residence applicants to give their biometric information any longer on condition that they have already provided their biometrics in another application within the last ten years.

In the past, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken unusual actions because of the coronavirus pandemic for example permitting delays for biometric submissions if applicants are not able to submit them.

It is still not known as to when the biometric collection service points in Canada and overseas will resume their services conventionally.

These closings of service points and Visa Application Centres (VACs) have disturbed thousands of permanent residence applicants.

Numerous applicants had in the past submitted their biometrics in a preceding application.

Furthermore, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) mentioned in an announcement that Canada has a rising number of applications for permanent residence that cannot be administered due the need of biometrics.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) intents to lessen further interruptions on such applicants by abandoning the biometrics obligation in specific cases.

Eligible applicants and effective date

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this rule came into effect on 10 September, 2020 and was put into operation on 22 September, 2020. It will stay in effect until further notice.

Eligible applicants who are excused from biometrics collection obligations regardless of whether they are presently in Canada or abroad are those with both of the following circumstances:

  • An undecided or a new application for permanent residence
  • Already submitted their biometrics inside the 10-year period before the day on which they made their current permanent residence application

Updates on biometrics

Canada has previously excused other foreign nationals from submitting biometrics thanks to its acknowledgment that COVID-19 interruptions may stop them from doing so.

Biometrics are generally needed for foreign nationals who desire to apply for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit (except American nationals), a visitor record, or to extend their work or study permit, refugee or asylum status and permanent residence,.

These applicants are obligated to submit their biometrics, photograph, and pay a fee. Canada uses biometrics to verify and validate the identity of foreign nationals on their entry to Canada.



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