Biometric Data (Photo and Fingerprints) to be provided as of July 31 2018
Starting in the summer of 2018, when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence you will need to give your fingerprints and a photo. To facilitate repeat travel to Canada, applicants for a visitor visa, study or work permit will only need to give their biometrics once every 10 years.
Who will need to give fingerprints and photo (biometrics)?
Everyone who applies for:
- a visitor visa
- a work or study permit (excluding U.S. nationals)
- permanent residence, or
- refugee or asylum status
Depending on your nationality, you may need to give your biometrics as soon as this summer
- Starting July 31, 2018 – applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa
- Starting December 31, 2018 – applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas
Source: Govt of Canada