Biometric process has been implemented effectively for candidates making applications for visitor visa, work permits, study permits, and permanent residence. Specifically, the biometrics has been implemented for applicants from countries of Europe, Middle East, and Africa from July 31, 2018, whereas the program will be implemented to applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas from December 31, 2018. The biometric process involves collection of electronic fingerprints, a digital photograph, and personal details of the applicants along with the application fee of CAD $85 per applicant and families applying together at the same time will pay a maximum of CAD $170.
Indians making applications for Canada from next year will be required to provide their biometrics. Though there are few exemptions noted where applicants will not require supplying biometric information. These include:
- Children under the age of 14
- Applicants over the age of 79
More than 70 countries around the world use biometrics for their immigration programs. In addition, biometrics collection will be globally recognized and will enable the Canadian Government to manage identity, facilitate application process, and simplify the entry for travelers. The biometric will also check whether the applicant has applied for the Canadian visa earlier using the same or different identity. The fingerprint verification will be conducted at eight Canadian airports at the time of primary inspection.