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Update March 27, 2020: Biometrics collection is currently not available in Canada, the U.S. and most Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world. If you have already received a biometrics request, you automatically have 90 days instead of 30 days to submit them. You do not need to request this extension. For more information, consult the IRCC Biometrics website (external link) .

As of December 31, 2018, individuals between 14 and 80 years of age who are applying for any the following will be required to provide their biometrics:

  • Visitor visa
  • Work or study permit (excluding U.S. nationals)
  • Permanent residence
  • Asylum or refugee status

Giving your biometrics means providing your fingerprints and photograph. You must give your biometrics at an official location (external link)  recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This can only be done in two ways:

  1. Upon submitting your application (if you are applying in-person using a paper application at a Visa Application Centre)


  2. After you have submitted your application (if you have applied online).

At this time, biometrics can only be collected outside of Canada. If you are required to provide biometrics, you must do so prior to travelling to Canada.

For instructions on how to provide your biometrics, please consult the IRCC (external link)  website.