Starting from July 31, 2018, citizens of countries from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo) when entering Canada. Citizens of countries from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas will also be subject to this requirement effective December 31, 2018.
Upon arriving in Canada, fingerprint and photo verification will be required for persons between the ages of 14 and 79 applying for a visitor visa, a study or work permit, permanent residence, or refugee status.
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and visa holders will generally not be required to provide biometrics, nor foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries travelling to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Fingerprint verification will be available in 8 major Canadian airports at primary inspection kiosks. At smaller airports or land ports of entry, biometrics will be collected by a border services officer upon referral to secondary inspection. Those applying for a visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence from inside Canada are temporarily exempt until the in-Canada service is established.
A payment of CAD$85 is required for all individual applicants. The biometrics will be valid for a period of 10 years.
Learn more about the newly-expanded Biometric Program here.
Find out if you’re required to give your biometrics here.