This public policy helps certain PR applicants who are unable to complete their Biometrics requirements due to the temporary closure of biometrics collection service points.
As on Sep 10, 2020, IRCC is ready to link the applicant’s previous Biometrics information with the PR application if you have completed one within the past 10 years.
Normally, Permanent residence applicants need to give biometrics and pay the Biometrics fee each time when they apply, even if they gave their biometrics in the past for another application. Now, IRCC has accepted to link the previous biometrics information that is completed previously.
Foreign nationals are exempt from the biometrics collection requirement whether inside or outside Canada if they have both
- a pending or new application for permanent residence
- previously provided their biometrics within the 10-year period before the day on when the permanent residence application is made.
The public policy, which supports the instructions, came into effect on September 10, 2020, and was operational zed on September 22, 2020.
It remains in effect until it is revoked by the Minister.
Previously IRCC has exempted the “in-Canada temporary residence applicants” from giving biometrics. Refer our blog:
Previous instruction about the In Canada Temporary Residence Applicants
Previously IRCC has exempted the “in-Canada temporary residence applicants” from giving biometrics. If they are both,
- in Canada and
- applying or have an application in progress to extend, restore, change status as a
- visitor or
- 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.