Many applicants for immigration to Canada, or for a work permit, study permit, or visitor status, are required to provide biometrics before their application may be processed and approved.
The Service Canada appointment system will resume service for scheduling biometrics appointment. This will enable clients of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to book their own biometrics appointment online which should be more efficient.
The regulations on biometrics for immigration to Canada have changed over recent months and years, so it’s important to get the latest information on who needs to provide biometrics, and where. This is especially the case during the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected opening hours for Visa Application Centres (VAC) around the world and led to a temporary exemption for temporary residents applying from within Canada.
Service Canada officers began calling IRCC clients to schedule biometrics appointments from mid-September. However, effective this coming Monday, clients who have not yet been contacted should use the online scheduling tool to book their biometrics appointment, as noted in their biometrics instruction letter.
In its news release, IRCC said that clients should book their appointment at the nearest Service Canada locations.
Applicants for permanent residence who have not submitted biometrics within the last 10 years will need an appointment to meet the biometrics component of their immigration application processing.
It has also been stated by IRCC, that biometrics exemptions continue to be in effect for temporary residence applicants in Canada, and permanent residence applicants who submitted their biometrics in the last 10 years.