As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals will now be required

to submit their biometrics if applying from within Canada as

  1. foreign worker (including extending

    your work permit);

  2. international student (including

    extending your study permit);

  3. visa required visitor (including

    extending your stay); or

  4. permanent resident

Foreign national will be requested to submit their biometrics at

any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the

country. An appointment must be requested and can be made through

an easy booking tool


Exemptions do apply from the biometric requirements, such


  • Canadian citizens, citizenship

    applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent


  • US citizens (unless applying for

    permanent residence);

  • Children under the age of 14;
  • Applicants over the age of 79;
  • Heads of state and heads of


  • Applicants who qualify for or hold a

    diplomatic or official visa;

  • Refugee claimants or protected

    persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a

    study or work permit;

  • Temporary resident applicants who

    have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident

    application that is still in progress;

  • Applicants who gave biometrics in the

    last 10 years for a visitor visa, work permit, or study permit, and

    the permit or visa is still valid, don't have to give them

    again if they're applying to visit, work, or study.

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact an

immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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