Canada updates the instructions for biometrics collection

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instructions for biometrics

On October 25, 2023, the Government of Canada updated instructions for biometrics collection. The Government collects the following biometrics from applicants: 

  • biographic data, 
  • ten fingerprints, and 
  • a photograph. 

This information is taken at a service point chosen by the applicant on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It enhances identity management and security by checking against Canadian criminal and immigration records. People aged 14-79 must provide biometrics when applying for: 

  • temporary or permanent residence, 
  • work or study permits, 
  • restoration of status, or 
  • refugee protection claims.

What biometrics are obtained?

information is collected from the applicant at a biometrics collection service point of their choice:

  • Biographic data: An applicant’s name, date of birth, and other personal information as listed on the biographic data page of his or her passport or travel document.
  •  fingerprints: The applicant’s fingerprints are captured electronically during the biometrics collection session with an electronic fingerprint-capture device.
  • Photograph: A digital photograph of the applicant is needed.

Biometric information improves identity management by anchoring a client’s identity at the time of application, and it enhances security by cross-referencing the client’s identity with Canadian criminal and immigration records.

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