As part of most work/study permits and visitor visa applications, applicants are required to give biometrics. Biometrics consist of the collection of fingerprints and a photo at a Canadian visa application centre (VAC). In most cases, applicants are required to give biometrics outside of Canada prior to issuance of their temporary travel document and/or permit.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will normally send applicants a biometrics collection letter sometime after their application has been submitted. The letter will provide instructions on how to get biometrics and provide a 30-day timeframe within which to complete this step. Failure to do so within the prescribed time can lead to a rejection of the application in question.

It is essential that applicants locate and contact a VAC (in their home country or any other country they may be in temporarily) quickly upon receipt of the letter from IRCC. Most VACs require appointments and can be facing backlogs that could lead to delays for applicants trying to get their biometrics done in a pinch. It is good practice to make an appointment as soon as possible. Remember to take the biometrics collection letter and passport with you! The VAC will need this to locate the applicant in their system and complete biometrics.

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