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Biometrics Expansion Program at IRCC

The Government of Canada has expanded the collection of biometric information (fingerprints and digital photographs) to include all temporary resident visa, work permit, study permit, and temporary resident permit applicants (excluding U.S. nationals), and all Permanent Resident applicants.

Applicants from Europe, Africa and the Middle East became subject to the biometric enrolment requirements effective . Applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas became subject to the same requirements starting .

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

Who is exempt?

U.S. National Work, Study or Temporary Resident Permit Applicants

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

What about Canadian citizens or citizenship applicants?

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

How does biometrics verification work?

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

Biometrics Fees

A fee of $85 CAD is payable per person for biometric enrolment. Families applying together will only pay a maximum biometric fee of up to $170 CAD.

There is no fee for biometric verification.

Where to find biometrics enrolment services

The CBSA provides biometrics enrolment services at the following Ports of Entry for travellers who are eligible to make an application while seeking entry to Canada:

Province Airport
Alberta Calgary International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
British Columbia Kelowna International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Victoria International Airport
Manitoba Winnipeg Richardson International Airport
New Brunswick Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport
Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's International Airport
Nova Scotia Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Ontario Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
London International Airport
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport - Terminal 1
Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport - Terminal 3
Quebec Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Saskatchewan Regina International Airport
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
Yukon Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport
Land Ports
Province Port of Entry
Alberta Carway
British Columbia Abbottsford - Huntingdon
Boundary Bay
Pacific Highway
Victoria Ferry/Belleville
Manitoba Boissevain
New Brunswick Edmundston
St. Stephen Ferry Point Bridge
St. Stephen 3rd Bridge
Woodstock Road
Newfoundland and Labrador Fortune
Nova Scotia Yarmouth Ferry Terminal
Ontario Ambassador Bridge
Fort Erie Peace Bridge
Fort Frances
Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge
Pigeon River
Queenston Lewiston Bridge
Rainy River
Sarnia Blue Water Bridge
Sault Ste. Marie
Windsor Tunnel
Quebec Armstrong
St-Armand/ Philipsburg
St-Bernard-de-Lacolle Highway 15
Stanstead (Highway 55)
Saskatchewan North Portal

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:

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.

Why is the Government of Canada verifying fingerprints?

The Government of Canada is verifying fingerprints using Primary Inspection Kiosks to ensure that the person seeking entry is the same person who was granted a visa, permit or permanent residence.

This will help prevent individuals from using a stolen, borrowed, or altered visa or permit to enter Canada.

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.

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