New Biometrics Requirements for Foreign Nationals

Depending on your nationality, you may soon be required to give your biometrics (photograph and fingerprints) to the Government of Canada as part of your application for a visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence, or refugee or asylum status.

Beginning July 31, 2018, applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be required to provide biometrics. Then, on December 31, 2018, the requirement will be expanded to applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas. Applicants will only need to give their biometrics once every 10 years.

Exempt from this new requirement are Canadian citizens, existing permanent residents, children under the age of 14, applicants over the age of 79, and visa-exempt nationals entering Canada as tourists who are eTA holders. Also, those applying for a visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence from within Canada are temporarily exempt until in-Canada service centres are established in 2019.

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Express Entry Draw – June 13, 2018

The Government of Canada conducted it’s 12th Express Entry Draw today and invited 3750 candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. The cut off CRS score was 451 and since multiple candidates had this score priority was given to candidates who created their profile prior to July 21, 2017 at 07:01:28 UTC.

More invitations are expected to be issued in the coming weeks and months since Canada has a target of one million immigrants by 2020.

Don’t delay. Contact us at Alexander Immigration Services or email for a free assessment and check your eligibility to apply for a Canadian Permanent Residence.