Are My Biometrics Still Valid? – Canada Visa and Immigration

Unless you are from an exempt group you need to give biometrics for the purpose of visiting, studying, working, or immigrating to Canada. If you are not familiar with the concept of biometrics read the following article first:

If you have already given biometrics in the past 10 years, your biometrics could still be valid. To avoid extra processing fee and time you may take the following steps to check out the validity of your biometrics.

  1. Review your previous application documents to locate your Unique Client Identifier (UCI). The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues this number for you when you submit your first application to them. This number is unique to each person and independent of the number of applications you submit. Each of your family members has her/his own UCI. Depending on the date of your first interaction with the Canadian immigration authorities this number could consists of eight (e.g. 1234-5678) or 10 (e.g. 12-3456-7890) digits. If you have an online account with the IRCC, you may open it and locate the UCI there. Otherwise, refer to your previous communications with the IRCC or contact your immigration consultant. The following image shows a sample online page. I have redacted the actual numbers to protect my client’s privacy.
  2. Click here to open the IRCC website.
  3. Click the “I Accept” button.
  4. Fill out the form (click to enlarge the picture).
  5. Click “Check Status”.

A table appears on the bottom of the page and shows if your biometrics is still valid or not.

Relevant article:

If you wish to visit or move to Canada, please fill out our free assessment form. We will review the form for free, but we will contact you only if we find an opportunity for you. Alternatively, you may book a consultation session. Consultation sessions are not free, but you will receive formal advice from a licenced practitioner.

Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada


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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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