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Biometrics Again Required for In-Canada Applicants for Temporary Residence

Updated: Mar 6


Foreign nationals in Canada applying for temporary residence

In Force:

February 23, 2023

On February 23, 2023, the COVID-19 policy exempting in Canada applicants for temporary residence (study permit extension, work permit extension, visitor record extensions) from having to provide biometrics was cancelled. If they require biometrics, foreign nationals in Canada applying to extend their status must pay the biometric fee at the time of their application and complete biometrics once they are requested by IRCC.

You do not need to provide new biometrics for a temporary residence application if your previous biometrics remain valid. Biometrics are valid for ten years.

As of June 14, 2023, you will need to provide new biometrics in support of an application for permanent residence.

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