Canada’s got some some new rules for people travelling to Canada to visit, study, work or immigrate. Here’s everything you should know about Canada new biometric rules.
Starting July 31, 2018, fingerprints and photos will be mandatory for individuals travelling from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Canada new biometrics rules do not apply to Canadian citizens. Biometrics will be used for identification purposes and will make applying for an appropriate visa to enter Canada easier and faster.
CANADA NEW BIOMETRICS RULES START ON DECEMBER 31, 2018 IN THE PHILIPPINES
Canada new biometrics rules will be mandatory for individuals travelling from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas on December 31, 2018.
If you are a traveller from a country that do not require a visa to travel to Canada, you will not be required to provide biometric information.
The Philippines is not one of these countries.
Individuals from 14 years old to 79 years old must provide biometric information as part of the application process.
Individuals who are applying for asylum must provide biometric information regardless of age.
HOW MUCH WILL BIOMETRICS COST
The Government of Canada has said that the process of providing biometric information only takes a few minutes and is expected to cost CAD$85 for individuals and CAD$170 for families.
HOW BIOMETRICS WORKS
Biometric information will be used when you apply for a visa and at the point of entry into Canada.
Biometrics will be used to confirm the individual’s identity. Biometrics will allow visa officers to conduct screening and to determine past criminal convictions or immigration violations.
Canadian airports will have self-serve Primary Inspection Kiosks that will allow individuals to verify their fingerprints, confirm their photos and make an electronic declaration.
Canada Border Services Agency CBSA officers will verify fingerprint information at other ports of entry on a discretionary basis.
WHERE TO PROVIDE YOUR BIOMETRICS OUTSIDE CANADA
If you are applying to go to Canada for the first time, you will be providing your biometric information at the Visa Application Centre VAC in your country of residence.
In the Philippines, it’s going to be VFS Global.
WHERE TO PROVIDE YOUR BIOMETRICS IN CANADA
Starting in 2019, when you submit your application in Canada, you will be able to submit your biometric information at select Service Canada locations.
Until then, individuals submitting applications in Canada will not need to submit biometric information.
International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers can provide their biometrics at ports of entry when they arrive in Canada.
VALIDITY OF BIOMETRICS
If your application is successful, the biometric information you provided are valid for 10 years. If your application was refused, any subsequent applications will require you to resubmit a new set of biometrics.
When you apply for Permanent Residency, you will need to submit new biometrics, whether or not you have already submitted biometrics previously.
BIOMETRICS DATA PRIVACY
The Government of Canada’s Canadian Immigration Biometrics Identification system is encrypted, and all biometric information is kept secure after transmission from the point of collection.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP will check fingerprints of individuals who have a criminal record, are applying for refugees, individuals who have been issued a removal order and all temporary resident applicants.
Any matches to RCMP records will be provided to the visa officer who will make the final decision on the application.
BIOMETRIC SHARED DATABASE
Biometric information is shared with immigration agencies from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
HOW LONG DOES THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA KEEP BIOMETRICS
The Government of Canada will keep biometric information for 15 years, or until the applicant becomes a Canadian citizen, whichever comes first.
WHO IS EXEMPTED FROM PROVIDING BIOMETRICS?
Canadian Citizens, individuals who are already Permanent Residents, individuals from visa-free countries, children under 14 years, and adults over 79 years old (except for asylum claimants).
Diplomatic representatives, US visa holders just passing through Canada, refugee claimants and protected persons who have already provided biometric information and are applying for a study permit or a work permit, or applicants who have already submitted biometric information as part of an application for permanent residency are all exempted from submitting biometric information.
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