Canada is expanding its biometrics program

Facilitating travel to Canada while keeping Canadians safe

July 5, 2018 – Doha

In 2018, Canada will expand its biometrics program to all foreign nationals applying for a visitor visa, a study or work permit (excluding U.S. nationals), and to all those applying for permanent residence.

Accurately establishing identity is an important part of immigration decisions and helps keep Canadians safe. For more than 20 years, biometrics (fingerprints and a photograph) have played a role in supporting immigration screening and decision-making in Canada.

On July 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including Qatar and other GCC States will be required to provide biometrics if they are applying for a visitor visa, a work or study permit, a temporary resident permit, or permanent residence.

Expanding biometrics will strengthen Canada’s immigration programs through effective screening (biometric collection, verification, and information-sharing with partner countries). It will also enable Canada to facilitate application processing and travel – while maintaining public confidence in our immigration system.

The expansion of Canada’s biometrics program, which includes the implementation of new requirements for immigration applicants, an expanded biometrics collection service network and automated fingerprint verification at ports of entry, will be rolled out over 2 years (2018 –2019).

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