Canadian Immigration applicants no longer need to provide biometrics in some cases. They have waved the compulsion of biometrics for the permanent residency applications in the last ten years. This is an exclusion in some cases. As long as the applicants have provided biometrics in another application with in the last ten years, they do not have to provide their biometric for their permaneànt residence application now.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been very considerate and accommodating during the coronavirus pandemic by delaying for biometric submissions if applicants are unable to submit.
It is quite uncertain to know about the time period when the biometric collection service points in Canada and abroad will resume to its normal functioning. The temporary closing of visa and application centre has troubled a lot of permanent residence applications. As the majority of these applicants have submitted they are biometric in their previous application.“Canada has a growing number of applications for permanent residence that cannot be processed because of the biometrics requirement.”- IRCC
Eligibility: Eligibility effective date September 10, 2020, and was operationalized on September 22, 2020. This policy will stay 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:
The candidates that are exempted from biometric collections irrespective of their current place of stay:
A pending / New application for a permanent residence application.
Earlier submission of their biometric within 10-year period exactly before any day of their application submission.
Biometrics: Canada has always been considerate and welcoming to the immigration system. Even in these toughest times Canada has considered the inconvenience and created a pathway for immigration fo resume in full force.
Biometrics are usually needed for international residents seeking to gain Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit (except U.S. nationals), refugee or asylum status, permanent residence, a visitor record, or to extend their work or study permit.
They are required to submit their fingerprints, photograph, and pay fees. Biometrics are used to confirm the identity of foreign nationals on their entry to the country.