12 Apr, 2018 Canadian Immigration announces expansion of the Biometrics Program
In an announcement earlier this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed they will be expanding Canada’s Biometrics Program. The current Biometrics Program requires candidates in certain immigration programs to submit fingerprints and a photo for identification. Presently, biometrics are required from certain applicants for temporary residence and citizenship, but the expansion of the program means that more applicants will be required to submit biometrics.
What is the Biometrics Program?
Canada’s Biometrics Program requires certain immigrant applicants to submit photographs and fingerprints in order to facilitate their identification by Canadian immigration officials and border services agents. Biometrics information plays a role in supporting the screening of immigrants and immigration decision-making. This program has been in place for more than 20 years.
Under the current program, biometrics are required from 30 foreign nationalities when applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit, or study permit. As well, biometrics are required from all nationalities, who are in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, and individuals ordered to be removed from Canada.
What changes can we expect?
IRCC has announced an expansion of the Biometrics Program to be rolled out through 2018-2019. Under the expansion, new requirements will be introduced for immigration applicants, though IRCC has not yet released information about what these new requirements will look like and at who they will be directed. As well, the country will be expanding the biometrics collection service network and the use of automated fingerprint verification at ports of entry.
The general public is invited to submit feedback on this expansion and can do so online until May 6th, 2018.
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