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Canadian immigration applicants no longer need to give biometrics for some programs

Permanent residence applicants no longer require to provide their biometric information as long as they have submitted their biometrics in another application within the last ten years.

Biometrics are usually required for foreign nationals who seek to obtain a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit (except U.S. nationals), refugee or asylum status, permanent residence, a visitor record, or to extend their work or study permit. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and closures of service points and Visa Application Centres (VACs) thousands of permanent residence applicants have been affected.

As such, IRCC aims to alleviate further disruptions and delays by waiving the biometrics requirement in certain cases.

According to IRCC, this policy came into effect on September 10, 2020 and was operationalized on September 22, 2020. It will remain in effect indefinitely.

If you are not a Canadian Permanent Resident yet and you are not sure what the best way for you to immigrate to Canada is, please fill out our assessment form HERE and we will get back to you with your possible options.

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