Resumption of biometrics collection for temporary residence applicants in Canada

Date Announced:

February 23, 2023

Active Period:

Starting February 23, 2023. End of biometrics exemption temporary policy implemented July 15, 2020.


The Government of Canada is resuming the collection of biometrics for individuals in Canada who are applying for temporary residence. This includes those applying:

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

There are some exemptions and some temporary measures for biometrics collection still in place for special situations.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Family class (reunification) | International students | Temporary foreign workers | Temporary residents | Visitors



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