Public policy to exempt lower-risk Ukrainian nationals applying under CUAET measures from the biometrics collection requirement

Date Announced:

April 25, 2022


The situation in Ukraine has led to large population displacements and generated significant interest in the CUAET from individuals seeking safe haven in Canada. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for biometrics appointments. Despite IRCC’s best efforts, the overwhelming demand for the program, coupled with the commitment to expedite application processing, has resulted in the inability of Canada’s overseas service delivery network to keep up with the volume of biometrics collections.

The objective of this public policy is to provide lower-risk Ukrainian nationals who have submitted overseas an application for a temporary resident visa, or for a temporary resident visa and work permit under the CUAET measures with an exemption from the biometrics collection requirement in support of their applications. This measure is expected to sufficiently alleviate overseas biometrics collection capacity issues, enabling IRCC to process applications more quickly.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Temporary residents


biometrics; CUAET; Ukraine

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