- July 31, 2018 applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa require biometrics
- December 31, 2018 applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas require biometrics
Upon application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a visitor visa, study or work permit, biometric requirements may be requested. To facilitate repeat travel to Canada, applicants need to give their biometrics once every 10 years. If biometrics were done previously as part of an application, the data may still be valid. If applying for the first time, biometrics are required unless the person is exempt.
If biometrics are required, the foreign national must go in person to an official biometrics collection service location. This includes:
- Application Support Centers located across the United States
- Visa Application Centres (VACs) located around the world
Those applying for a visa, study or work permit or permanent residence who are currently in Canada are exempt until the in-Canada service is established.