Canadian lawyers are concerned the new biometrics requirements can create delays and confusion for those coming into Canada on business or international students who are coming to study in Canada as well as tourists, and there are potential privacy concerns for clients as the information is being shared with four other partner countries.
According to IRCC, the time allotted for the collection and screening of biometrics is not a part of the Visa application processing times.
How your identity is checked using biometrics depends on where you enter Canada:
- At 8 major Canadian airports
- your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk
- the system will check your identity against the information collected when your application was submitted
- At smaller airports and all land ports of entry
- your fingerprints may be checked if we refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint verification device to check your fingerprints
How To Prevent Delays Due to New Canada Biometric Requirements
Applications filed online will receive a request for biometrics within 24 hours, giving the applicant 30 days to complete their biometrics.
- Submit your biometrics as quickly as possible after receiving the Biometric Instruction Letter so IRCC can start processing your application.
- Don’t mail in your application; either apply online or in person at a visa application center (VAC).
- Include time for a biometrics check when making your travel plans to Canada.
Learn More: Canada Biometrics Requirements Could Cause Delays for Business Travelers, International Students and Visitors
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