Biometrics screening

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Biometrics Expansion Program at IRCC

, the Agency expanded the collection of biometric information (fingerprints and digital photographs) to include all temporary resident visa (TRV), work permit (WP), study permit (SP), and temporary resident permit (TRP) applicants (excluding US nationals), and all Permanent Resident (PR) applicants.

Applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa will be subject to the new biometric enrolment requirements effective . Applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will be subject to the same requirements on or after .

As part of the issuance process, Border Services Officers (BSOs) will enrol the biometrics of travellers who are eligible to make an application at a Port of Entry (POE) for a:

Who is exempt?

Work Permits or Study Permit

U.S. nationals are exempted from biometrics collection when applying for a work permit or study permit.

What about Canadian citizens or citizenship applicants?

Biometrics will not be collected from Canadian citizens or citizenship applicants.

How does biometrics screening and verification work?

The screening and verification process will depend on your point of entry into Canada.

Biometrics Fees

A fee of $85 is payable for biometric enrolment. There is no fee for biometric verification.

Where to find biometrics screening

Biometrics screening and verification is available at the following locations:

Airports

Atlantic Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
St. John's International Airport
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport
Quebec Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Jean Lesage International Airport
Northern Ontario Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
Greater Toronto Area
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1)
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 3)
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Southern Ontario Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport
London International Airport
Prairie Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport
Regina International Airport
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport available
Calgary International Airport
Pacific Region
Location Fingerprint Verification at Primary Fingerprint Verification and Enrolment in Secondary
Whitehorse Erik Nielsen International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
Vancouver International Airport available
Kelowna International Airport
Victoria International Airport

Land Ports

Biometrics screening and verification is available at the following land ports of entries:

Frequently asked questions

How do applicants enrol their biometrics?

Applicants must appear in person at a biometrics collection service location to provide their fingerprints and to have a digital photograph taken. An application is not considered complete until the biometric requirement has been fulfilled. Incomplete applications may be refused.

You may apply at these locations: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/biometrics/where-to-give-biometrics.html

How will the Government of Canada use the collected biometrics?

Biometrics collection will help the Government of Canada to quickly establish and confirm a person's identity.

Canada Border Services Agency officers will verify the fingerprints and photos of individuals who have enrolled their biometrics at Canadian ports of entry.

The fingerprints will be stored by the RCMP and checked against its immigration and criminal fingerprint records.

Will biometric verification affect border wait times?

Automated systematic fingerprint verification at Canada's major airports will facilitate entry into Canada by allowing the CBSA to manage increasing traveller volumes while maintaining border wait time standards.

How long will the Government of Canada retain biometric information?

Retention periods for biometrics differ for each immigration line of business and are dependent on the outcome of the application.

Learn more:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/transparency/access-information-privacy/info-source/personal-information-banks.html

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