Due to the coronavirus pandemic, certain restrictions were imposed globally. For instance, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) took special measures and accepting the delay in biometric submission if applicants cannot submit it.
In the recent update, Canada states that it no longer requires biometric information only IF THEY HAVE SUBMITTED THE APPLICATION IN LAST 10 YEARS.
With an ongoing situation, it is unknown as to when things will be NORMAL i.e. biometrics resuming back to operations in Canada and other countries.
The shutdown of Visa Application Centers (VACs) has halted the thousands of permanent residency application. Among these applicants, some of them have submitted their biometrics already in the previous application.
As of now the number of applications for permanent residency is increasing which cannot be processed as biometrics are not operating.
Eligible Applicants & Implementing Date
According to IRCC, the policy came in effect from September 10, 2020, and it was implemented on September 22, 2020.
The applicants who do not require biometric application must meet the following two demands
– New or pending permanent residency application
– Submitted their biometrics within the 10 years right before the day the applicant applied for permanent residency
For the individuals who wish to migrate on a visitor visa, a work permit, or permanent residency must submit their fingerprints, photograph, and pay a fee for it. Canada uses biometrics to identify foreign nationals coming to their country.