Biometrics make travel to Canada easier and keep Canadians safer, says IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Canada will require biometrics including fingerprints and a photo for most Canadian immigration applications beginning July 31, 2018, for people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and on December 31, 2018, for applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Biometrics will "strengthen the integrity of Canada's immigration program by helping to prevent identity fraud, identifying those who pose a security risk, and preventing known criminals from entering Canada," said the IRCC in an Information Session on Biometrics on April 18, 2018.
Biometrics are tools for the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints or eye scans and are globally recognized identification and security tools. Canada has been collecting fingerprints since 1993 for refugee applicants for TRVs (Temporary Resident Visas.)
Watch: Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses Canada's new biometrics requirement for immigration applications:
Maintaining privacy is a key component of Canada's biometric program. IRCC has the legal authority to manage privacy risks and compliance, consistent with Canada's Privacy Act. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has safeguards to protect applicant's privacy and personal information.
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