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How often will I need to go in person to give my fingerprints and photo?

We plan to expand our fingerprint and photo requirements

Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out if these changes may apply to you.

If you apply for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit, you’ll only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. We’ll keep your biometrics on file for the next application you make within a 10-year period.

If you apply for permanent residence, you’ll need to give biometrics each time you apply.

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