What to Expect When Giving Biometrics in Canada

By Sierra July 12, 2021 (Updated July 18, 2021) 2 min. read

When immigrating to Canada, there are a number of steps and things to complete before successfully making the move, biometrics being one! This is a system built by the Canadian government to securely allow foreign nationals to enter Canada through a number of visas. Whether you are visiting, working, or applying for permanent residency, you may need to know more about giving biometrics which you can learn more about below!

Biometrics Cost

A fee of $85 CAD is payable per person for biometric enrollment. Families applying together will only pay a maximum biometric fee of up to $170 CAD. There is no fee for biometric verification

Who Needs To Give Biometrics

In most cases those applying for the following statuses would need to undergo fingerprinting and screening before traveling to Canada:

COVID-19 Update: Anyone in Canada applying for temporary residence is exempt from giving biometrics. This temporary measure applies to you if you’re both of the following:

Biometrics Exemptions

Additionally, the following individuals would be exempt from needing to provide biometrics:

Find Out If Your Need to Give Biometrics

Biometrics Check Status Tool!

Why Do I Need To Give Biometrics to Immigrate?

The Canadian government is using this biometrics processing to ensure that the person seeking entry is the same person who was granted a visa, permit, or permanent residence by verifying fingerprints. This will help prevent individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit to enter Canada.

How Often Do I Need To Give Biometrics?

Visitor Visa, Work Permit, Study Permit – If you gave biometrics in the last 10 years and they’re still valid, you don’t have to give them again

Permanent Residency – If you’ve never given biometrics in the past, or it’s been longer than 10 years, you’ll need to give them when the biometric collection sites closest to you start offering biometric collection services again.

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