Last Updated on March 2, 2023
- Canada will resume the collection of biometrics for individuals in Canada who are applying for temporary residence as of 23 February 2023
The government of Canada resumed the collection of biometrics for individuals in Canada applying for temporary residence. This requirement will be applied to the following applications:
- To extend their stay as a student, worker or visitor;
- To restore their status as a student, worker or visitor;
- For a work or study permit;
- For a visitor visa;
- For a temporary resident permit.
According to the government announcement, this requirement will apply to all applications submitted on or after 23 February 2023. Exemptions will remain in place for select applications in special situations.
For additional information on how to apply and submit biometric data, check here.
What are the Changes?
The government of Canada has reinstated the requirement for individuals in Canada applying for temporary residence to provide their biometrics. This rule will apply to all applications submitted on or after 23 February 2023, with exemptions available in specific situations. The government initially introduced a temporary pause on the collection of biometrics due to pandemic-related office choruses and service disruptions at biometric collection centers in the country.
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