Canada introduces biometrics for all the concerns for accessibility

As of December 31, Canada’s biometric collection program has been expanded to Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas where the prospects of student, work or visitor visa, or PR visa are required to submit their biometrics – fingerprints and photo at the Via Application Centre (VAC). Though it seems a burden to the immigration applicants, biometrics submission will only be required once every 10 years for those on a temporary visitor, study or work visa.

Canada has expanded the network of visa application centers worldwide with target of establishing at least 157 centers in 105 countries by November 2019. To submit the biometrics, you can go to any VAC and that doesn’t have to be in your country of residence. VACs also offer other services in local languages.

Effective from November 3, 2018, the candidates are supposed to make a prior appointment for Biometric Enrolment at Canada Visa Application Centre online, through email or telephone. You can make an appointment at your convenient date and time slot to avoid the waiting and get prompt services that avoids longer waiting time as well as tedious procedure. Please note, for the sole purpose of scheduling appointment VFS Global will collect Personal Information from the applicant. A consent form in this regard will be required from the applicant. Applicant may request for the emergency appointment to submit the biometrics provided that the applicant presents the proof in form of letter or document from the authorized official stating the cause of the emergency request. VAC will not collect the document, but it only needs to be presented when asked. Emergency submission will not affect the processing time of IRCC.

Steps to give your biometrics:

  1. Pay biometrics fees: When you submit your biometrics, you need to pay the fees of CAD $85 for an individual applicant, total fees of CAD $170 and maximum total fees of CAD $255 for group of 3 or more performing artists.
  2. Get the instruction letter: After you pay the biometrics fee, you’ll get a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You need to bring this letter when you give your biometrics.
  3. Go to submit biometrics: On the day of your appointment, you will have to go in person to an official biometrics collection service point.

In India, Via Application Centre (VAC) is set up in the following cities:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Jalandhar
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Pune



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