Biometrics is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial features, for the purpose of verifying identity with a high level of certainty. Biometric verification greatly reduces the chance that one individual could pose as, or be mistaken for, another.
Temporary Resident Biometrics Project
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is leading the Temporary Resident Biometrics Project, announced in Budget 2008, in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This major Crown project oversees the introduction of biometrics into the temporary resident stream of Canada’s immigration program.
Since 2013, certain foreign nationals seeking visas to enter Canada are required to give their fingerprints and have their photograph taken as part of their application.
- Why use biometrics?
- Biometrics: Collecting information and ensuring privacy
- Steps in the biometrics process as of 2013
- News Release (June 4, 2015) — PM announces new measures to better ensure the security of Canadians
- News Release (February 16, 2012) — Harper Government Introduces the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act
- Stakeholder Engagement Summary Report
- News Release (December 7, 2012) — Facilitating Travel to Canada – Canada to Begin Collecting Biometrics from Certain Foreign Nationals
- Canada-U.S. Arrangement for Biometric Visa and Immigration Information Sharing
See the Implementing Arrangement between Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security concerning Biographic Visa and Immigration Information Sharing.
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