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Biometric Examination Exemption

Published: Oct 1, 2020

Most people have to undergo “biometric examination” before they can be granted a Canadian visitor, study or work permit or permanent residence. The results are good for ten years. During “biometric examination” a third party agency chosen by Immigration fingerprints and photographs the person and the results are sent to Immigration. This is supposed to prevent identity fraud.

 For some reason Immigration refused to apply biometric examination results taken for the purpose of applying for temporary permits, to applications for permanent residence.

The COVID-19 pandemic closed all of the biometric collection points. Few have re-opened, delaying processing. As of September 22, 2020, Immigration reversed its policy. Now if a person has undergone biometric testing in the last 10 years the results can be used in support of their application for permanent residence.

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