Starting July 31, 2018, Canada will require biometric data from travelers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; travelers from Asia, the Asia Pacific and the Americas will be required to provide biometrics starting Dec. 31, 2018. Biometrics make travel to Canada easier and keep Canadians safer, says the IRCC. The requirement does not apply to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Canadian lawyers are concerned the new biometrics requirements can create delays and confusion for those coming into Canada on business or international students who are coming to study in Canada as well as tourists, and there are potential privacy concerns for clients as the information is being shared with four other partner countries.
According to IRCC, the time allotted for the collection and screening of biometrics is not a part of the Visa application processing times.
How your identity is checked using biometrics depends on where you enter Canada:
Applications filed online will receive a request for biometrics within 24 hours, giving the applicant 30 days to complete their biometrics.
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