June 4, 2015 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced
today an expanding of Canada's biometric program to all
visitors and permit seekers from non-visa exempt countries.
Citizens from non-visa exempt countries applying to come to Canada
either as a visitor or on study or work permits will now be
required to provide digital photographs and fingerprints. This is
meant to improve the ability of border officers to verify the
identity of visa holders on arrival in Canada.
Who is affected?
All foreign nationals from non-visa exempt countries between the
ages 14 and 80 (inclusive) who are applying for entry to Canada or
for permits from outside Canada will be required to give
biometrics within 30 days of submitting their application.
How does this work?
After applying for a visitor visa or permit to Canada,
applicants will receive a biometric instruction letter from
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, instructing them to visit a
local Visa Application Center. In addition to providing biometric
information, applicants will now be required to pay a biometric fee
of $85 per person, to a maximum of $170 for families applying
For a list of non-visa exempt countries please click here.
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