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  • Writer's pictureJinxia Wang

Biometrics no longer required for some Canadian immigration applicants

Canada no longer requires permanent residence applicants to provide their biometric information as long as they have submitted their biometrics in another application within the last ten years.

Eligible applicants and effective date.

According to IRCC, this policy came into effect on September 10, 2020 and was operationalized on September 22, 2020. It will remain in effect indefinitely.

Eligible applicants who are exempt from biometrics collection requirements irrespective of whether they are currently in Canada or overseas are those with both of the following:

a pending or new application for permanent residence

previously submitted their biometrics within the 10-year period before the day on which they submitted their current permanent residence application.

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