IRCC’s New Policy on Biometrics Collection

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced a new public policy that will benefit temporary residence applicants in Canada.

Due to COVID-19, Service Canada closes its centers on March 27. Recently, Service Canada is gradually reopening its offices, but biometrics collection service will NOT resume until a later date.

The newly announced public policy exempts temporary residence applicants applying from within Canada from having to give their biometrics for the time being.

This means, if you are in Canada and applying for temporary residence, please do not pay the biometric fee even if the system asks you to pay it when you submit your application.

If you have paid the biometric fee and received a biometric instruction letter, you do not have to give your biometrics under this new policy. When IRCC finalize your application, you will be refunded.

This new policy will remain in effect until further notice.

More information on this new policy:

The latest information on biometrics: COVID-19 biometrics Web page ;

Word of the Day:

Biometrics: a person’s photo and fingerprints used to verify the person’s identity