25 Jul 2018
Starting July 31, the authorities have made fingerprints and a photo mandatory for people applying from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to seek the Canadian visitor visa, work/study permit/ permanent residence/ asylum .
These bio metrics, and the fingerprints plus photo have the identification purpose. The requirement will be compulsory for Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas from Dec 31, 2018 for All travelers between the ages of 14 and 79 years. The collection of bio metrics will help in application processing and also simplify entry for low-risk travelers. The process takes hardly a few minutes and costs CAD $85 for a person or CAD $170 for a family .
Bio metrics will be used for the application and also for entry into Canada. Bio metrics allow visa officers to screen applicants for criminal convictions . A traveler's bio metrics are also used for confirmation of identity. this verification will happen in Eight major Canadian airports and travelers can make an on-screen declaration.
In this case people can provide it at an Government authorized Visa Application Centre (VAC) while applying in person. There are 137 VACs in 95 countries . The government also has a plan to open more VACs in 2019. there is facility for it in.
The Embassy of Canada in Stockholm, Sweden, for Sweden and neighboring countriesThe Embassy of Canada in Stockholm, Sweden, for Sweden and neighboring countriesThe Embassy of Canada in Stockholm, Sweden, for Sweden and neighboring countries
The Canadian embassies in Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria for Greece, Germany, Austria and neighboring countries.
The Immeuble Le Bonnel in Lyon, France for France and neighboring countries.
Persons applying in Canada, can give bio metric information at specified Service Canada locations in 2019.
All applicants for a visitor visa or work / study permit, need to give their bio metrics one time in every 10 years.
IRCC says the following are exempt from having to provide biometrics:
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