According to a recent announcement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), applicants who submit applications for permanent residence in Canada must now provide biometric information. All people applying for permanent residence must submit biometrics starting on June 14, 2023, regardless of whether they have already done so when applying for a temporary residence visa.
Beginning on June 14, 2023, candidates will be required to provide biometric information if they apply for:
- A visitor visa
- A work or study permit (excluding US nationals)
- Permanent residence
- Refugee or asylum status
- A visitor record, which is an extension of your visa for Canada
- An extension of a work or study permit
The biometric information will be used to confirm immigrants’ identities, carry out background checks, and stop identity fraud. The recent decision made by the IRCC is a result of Canada’s continued efforts to modernize its immigration laws and bring them into line with international standards.
For persons requesting temporary resident status via a work, visiting, or student visa, the modifications do not apply. If a temporary resident is requesting an extension, biometric information is not required.