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Biometrics capturing would no longer be a requirement for certain Canadian immigration applicants

Applicants for permanent residence no longer need to enroll for biometrics capturing provided that they have previously submitted their biometrics in a separate application within the preceding 10 years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has actually forced the closures of most immigration service offices as well as Visa Application Centres which has in turn, caused a big delay in processing the application of a lot of permanent resident applicants.

The IRCC considered the fact that most of these applicants have prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, submitted their biometrics in a previous application and the demand for them to submit it again will surely lead to unbearable delay.

The IRCC revealed that this policy is now in operation and does not have any definite date of termination.

The IRC stated that it does not matter whether the immigration applicants are currently residing in Canada or overseas provided they meet the following requirements they are deemed eligible for this policy:

  • New or pending application for permanent residence
  • They must have previously submitted an application within the 10 years preceding the day which the current application was tendered.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hugely influenced the decision of Canada to further exempt other foreign nationals from biometrics capturing.

Biometric capturing involves submission of fingerprints, photographs after paying a certain fee. This helps Canadian authorities to easily identify foreign citizens residing in the country.


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