All permanent residence applicants will now be required to submit biometrics

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On June 14, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the removal of the public policy allowing foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence with previous biometrics. As a result, all permanent residence applicants applying on or after June 14, 2023, are required to submit biometrics. The updated instructions have affected general processing measures implemented during COVID-19. 

All applicants now have 30 days from the Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) date to provide their biometrics as was the procedure in the pre-pandemic time.

Why do biometrics for immigration to Canada?

An individual’s recognition must be verified using biometrics. The Canadian government advises that biometrics help the safety of Canadian immigrants in several ways, despite the fact that it may not seem like urgent steps at the moment.

For example, having biometrics on file makes it more difficult for someone to steal your identity by fabricating, swiping, or using it.

The resolution of problems or errors that might occur when a person’s name, birthday, and/or place of birth are similar to those of another person is also made easier by biometrics.


IRCC Published Important Instructions for PGWP holders

On June 15, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a temporary policy allowing eligible post-graduation work permit (PGWP) holders to apply for an additional open work permit valid for up to 18 months. 

All applications must be received between April 6 and December 31, 2023, and their PGWPs have expired or will expire between September 20, 2021, and December 31, 2023. These instructions guide the issuance of the additional open work permit during the policy’s effectiveness period.

Certain PGWP holders will have the opportunity to take part in a facilitative process to extend their work permit beginning on April 6, 2023.

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