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If I am in Canada, do I have to give my biometrics immediately?

You need to give your biometrics

You now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are from Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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If you’re in Canada and you apply for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or permanent resident visa or status, you don’t have to give your biometrics until we open collection centres in Canada in 2019.

When the new collection centres are open in Canada, you’ll have to give biometrics for your next application, including a renewal or an extension.

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