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Biometrics Exemption

Biometrics exemption for temporary residence applicants in Canada

As of July 15, 2020, the Canadian government has implemented a temporary public policy that exempts foreign nationals in Canada from the need to obtain biometrics for the processing of their temporary applications.

Biometrics exemption for temporary residence applicants in Canada

As a temporary measure, you’re exempt from giving biometrics if you’re applying from within Canada

  • to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
  • to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor
  • for a work or study permit
  • for a visitor visa
  • for a temporary resident permit

This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress.

 

It applies even if

  • your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it’s for applicants outside Canada
  • our online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85)

This temporary measure does not apply if you’re outside Canada.