Service Canada resumes online booking for biometrics

As of November 30, 2020, Service Canada has resumed online booking for biometrics. Consequently, if you are in Canada and need biometrics, you may book an appointment with them online.

What is biometrics?

You may visit Service Canada or another facility for biometrics. They will then take a digital photo of your face. Moreover, they will take digital fingerprints from all your fingers. Finally, they will share this information with CBSA and IRCC. Of course, the whole process is to enhance Canada’s security and the integrity of our immigration system.

Who needs to give biometrics?

Regardless of visiting a Service Canada location or another eligible facility, many people who immigrate to Canada must give biometrics. Of course, biometrics also cover many work permit and study permit applicants. Also, if you need a TRV, you must give biometrics. However, there are many exemptions. Consequently, consider visiting the following links for more information:

Considering coronavirus pandemic, you can click here and see if you need to give biometrics.

Why Service Canada for biometrics

If you are inside Canada, the only entity that could take your biometrics for immigration or visa is Service Canada. However, if you are in the United States, you will likely give biometrics at an ASC. Of course, in other countries, it is the job of Visa Application Centres to take your biometrics. Nonetheless, in some situations, such as when you apply for a work permit at a port of entry, CBSA will do it for you.

How to book a biometrics appointment with Service Canada

To book an appointment online, you must visit the Services Canada website. However, make sure you have received the Biometrics Instruction Letter (BIL).

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