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Where to Give Biometrics in Canada | International Students

Updated: May 13, 2020

As of December 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) removed the exemption for applicants applying to renew their status from within Canada to actually have to complete biometrics. Now, those applying within Canada as a foreign worker, international student, visa-required visitor, and permanent resident will need to give their biometrics.

This rule also applies to people extending their stay as a student, temporary worker, or visitor. These applicants must provide their biometrics within Canada in order for their application to be approved.

How to Provide Your Biometrics in Canada

Applicants will apply online for a renewal from within Canada. Once you apply online, you will get a request for biometrics. You must then pay the biometric fee (and this is applicable for applicants ages 14 to 79). Once you receive the request letter, you should make your appointment right away to provide your biometrics because your application will not be approved until you do.

Where to Give Biometrics in Canada

Biometrics can be provided at select Service Canada Centres. You must make an appointment online first at the centre nearest you that provides biometric services. To schedule an appointment, you must first create an online account, register, and then confirm your appointment online in advance.

Tips for Giving Biometrics in Canada

On the appointment date, we recommend arriving early to ensure that you are ready when your appointment is called. You must also bring your passport and your biometrics request letter to the appointment. Finally, be sure to bring proof that you booked an appointment. The appointment will take no more than ten minutes. You will simply provide your identification documents and give your fingerprints. After this, the Service Canada Centre will provide your biometrics directly to Immigration Canada and they will appear in your online account.

Who Needs to Give Biometrics in Canada?

It’s important to note that those ages 14 to 79 must provide their biometrics for renewal applications submitted in Canada. However, you must only provide your biometrics once every ten years. Oftentimes, this means that you will only need to provide your biometrics once in your lifetime.

Use the Government of Canada’s Biometrics tool to determine if you need to provide your biometrics.

To learn more about giving your biometrics, read our post about How to Give Biometrics.


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Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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