All Canadian Permanent Residence Applicants Must Now Submit Biometrics: A New Policy Update

Posted by in CIC News, on June 20, 2023

In an effort to enhance security measures and streamline the immigration process, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced a policy update regarding the collection of biometrics for permanent residence (PR) applicants. Effective June 14, 2023, all individuals applying for Canadian permanent residence, irrespective of their previous submission of biometrics for a temporary residence permit, are now required to submit their biometric data.

Returning to Pre-Pandemic Procedures:
This update marks a significant change from the temporary measures implemented by IRCC during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the global health crisis, IRCC had temporarily waived the requirement for permanent residence applicants to resubmit biometrics if they had previously provided them within the past decade. However, with the situation improving and normalcy returning, the policy has been revised, reverting to the pre-pandemic procedures.

Enhanced Security Measures:
The decision to mandate biometric submission for all permanent residence applicants reflects IRCC’s commitment to strengthening Canada’s immigration system and ensuring the safety and security of its citizens. Biometrics, which typically include fingerprints and a photograph, provide unique and reliable identification information that assists in verifying the identity of applicants. By collecting biometrics, IRCC aims to mitigate identity fraud and protect the integrity of the immigration process.

Streamlining the Immigration Process:
The updated policy also seeks to streamline the overall immigration process by aligning the requirements for temporary and permanent residence permits. Previously, individuals who had submitted biometrics for a temporary resident application within the last 10 years were exempt from providing biometrics again when applying for permanent residence. However, this exemption created disparities and inconsistencies in the application process. By eliminating the distinction between temporary and permanent residence applications, IRCC aims to create a more cohesive and efficient immigration system.

Implications for Permanent Residence Applicants:
For individuals planning to apply for Canadian permanent residence, this policy update means that biometrics will now be an integral part of their application process. Applicants will be required to schedule an appointment at a designated Service Canada location or a Visa Application Center (VAC) abroad to provide their biometric information. It is essential for prospective applicants to familiarize themselves with the process, follow the instructions provided by IRCC, and ensure they meet all the necessary requirements to avoid any delays in their application.

The recent policy update by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) mandating the submission of biometrics for all Canadian permanent residence applicants underscores the government’s commitment to strengthening security measures and enhancing the integrity of the immigration system. By reverting to pre-pandemic procedures and streamlining the requirements for temporary and permanent residence permits, IRCC aims to create a more efficient and cohesive application process. Aspiring permanent residents must now familiarize themselves with the updated requirements and ensure timely compliance to facilitate a smooth and successful application experience.

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