Canada is expanding the use of biometrics for applications of visitor visa, work permits, study permits, and permanent residence. Effective from July 31, 2018, the applicants from countries of Europe, Middle East, and Africa will need to supply additional biometric information – specifically, fingerprints and photo for any of the visa class mentioned above. The program will again be extended to applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas from December 31, 2018. IRCC is going to provide Biometrics Instruction Letter to the visa applicants to advise how and where to supply any biometric information. This will be done often at Nearest Visa Application Center (VAC). Currently, 137 VACs are spread across 95 countries which accept biometric information for the process and this year government is going to expand the VAC Network for the process. Though there are few exemptions noted where applicants will not require supplying biometric information. These include:
- Children under the age of 14
- Applicants over the age of 79
- Nationals coming to Canada as tourists from visa-exempt countries who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization.