As a temporary measure, you are exempt from giving biometrics if you’re both of the following:
- in Canada
- applying or have an application in progress
- to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
- to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor
- for a work or study permit
- for a visitor visa
- for a temporary resident permit
This exemption applies even if:
- your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it’s for applicants outside Canada
- our online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85)
This exemption does not apply if you are outside Canada.
Biometrics exemption for permanent residence applicants who have given biometrics within the last 10 years
If you meet the following requirements, based on the new temporary measures due to COVID-19 you are exempt from giving biometrics and do not need to pay the biometrics fee when submitting your application, even if it is required by the system:
- have already applied or are applying for permanent residence
- have given your biometrics within the last 10 years
If paid, we will automatically refund it when your application is finalized.
Who needs to give biometrics?
Permanent residence applicants who have not given biometrics within the last 10 years
Designated Service Canada Centers have started biometrics collection with scheduled appointment since November 30, 2020, for permanent residence applicants who have received a biometric instruction letter (BIL) and have not given their biometrics within the last 10 years. You do not need a new BIL or any payment for making an appointment. If you miss the 30- or 90-days deadline mentioned in your BIL, we will not refuse your application. This applies even if for any reason you miss the appointment and again you can make a new appointment scheduled.