Canada Biometrics Requirements

Collecting the biometrics of applicants help immigration authorities to gather the identify information of applicants. In this article, we’ll cover the Canada biometrics requirement, so that you can easily apply for your biometrics when required.

Why biometrics required?

Biometrics plays an important role in supporting immigration screening which reduces the chance of any threat by filtering applicants at the initial level who have a criminal background or can be a threat to the nation.

Expansion in Biometrics policy

To check the applicant’s identity and background status, the Government of Canada has planned the expansion of biometrics policy. By this biometric policy, Canadian government officials verify the biometrics of travelers when they arrive at Canadian airports.

Below are the two expansions of biometrics policy in 2018:

The first expansion was implemented on 31st July 2018, as the Government of Canada expanded its biometrics program to include nationals from countries in Europe, and Middle East Africa. The second expansion was implemented on 31st December 2018, this expansion included applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

Who needs to give their Biometrics

You need to give biometrics If you apply for:

  • Visitor Visa
  • Study Visa
  • Work Visa
  • Permanent Residence
  • Refugee or Asylum

How long Biometrics are valid

If you’re applying for Visitor Visa, Study Visa, and Work permit, then you only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years, which means you don’t need to give biometrics again until 10 year period expires.

Permanent residence applicants need to give their biometrics each time when they apply. However it doesn’t matter how long it’s been when you applied last time, you have to give your biometrics and pay the fee each time when you apply.

You can check your biometrics status here and find out If your biometrics are still valid or not.

Where I have to pay Biometric Fee

You can pay your biometric fee here on this portal. You have to select Temporary Residence if you’re applying for a Visitor, Worker, and Student visa.

After selecting temporary residence click continue then make a selection. If you are a single applicant then enter 1 for per person and if you’re applying along with your family then enter 2 or more. However, the third category is for a group of artists.

For more information about how to give biometrics you can click here


The following applicants are biometric exempt as they don’t need to give their biometrics:

  • Children under the age of 14.
  • Permanent Resident
  • Canadian Citizen/ Citizenship applicants
  • Applicants over the age of 79
  • Head of Government
  • Head of State
  • US visa holder who are transiting through Canada
  • Applicants who qualify for or hold a diplomatic visa

We hope this article will help you to know about the Canada biometrics requirement and takes you a step closer to get your biometrics done.

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