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IRCC will require Bio Metrics for Applicants in Future

April 2018, 13
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Starting July 31 the Canadian Government requires bio metrics, fingerprints and a photograph. This is mandatory for applications seeking Canadian immigration.

The new regulations, say that a person who is applying for a visitor visa, study visa, work permit, or permanent residence should provide fingerprints and a photograph also. Only the U.S. nationals have an exemption in this case.

Furthermore, for the persons who are repeat travelers to Canada, and the applicants of a visit visa, study visa or work permit will have to provide their bio metrics only once in ten years.

Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister Canada has said that the expansion of the bio metrics program will help the people to enter into Canada. Moreover, it will also protect the truthfulness of the immigration system. Additionally it will establish the identity of the traveler in a quick and accurate manner.

Areas  affected

These changes are going to take place from July 31st for all the applicants of Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Applicants of the Americas, Asia and Asia Pacific must provide their bio metrics starting from December 31, 2018.

Why this rule of using bio-metrics?

Bio-metrics is a feature of measuring unique physical characteristics of an individual. In it fingerprints and facial features receive importance. The details which are collected are used to verify the identity of a person.

·       Its use decreases the possibilities of mistaken and false identity.

·       Furthermore, Bio-metrics prevents Identity fraud and theft, and can stop acknowledged criminals from seeking an entry in Canada.

·       It is an asset to stop the Deportees from re-entering the country without taking permission.

·       Moreover, no failed refugee can re-enter Canada by using falsified identity documents.

However, citizens of Canada, applicants of citizenship and existing permanent residents are exempted from the bio-metrics requirement. The other categories of exemptions are:

·       Children who are below 14 years;

·       Applicants who are above the age of 79,

·       Heads of state and heads of government,

·       Cabinet ministers, accredited diplomats, officials of United Nations,

·       Visa-exempt nationals arriving in Canada as tourists using an Electronic Travel Authorization; and

·       US visa holders passing through Canada;

·       Refugee claimants and Temporary resident applicants who previously gave bio metrics

Where are the bio-metric service points?

There is a temporary exemption for a person who has applied for a visa, study visa, work permit, or permanent residence inside Canada. This is because service centers have not been established in the country. Presently, 192 bio metric service points exist in the world.

Privacy concerns

The Government of Canada has officially said that the bio-metrics information will have the highest security and privacy levels. Moreover, all information that is received collected at service points is deleted after sending it to the Immigration Bio metrics Identification System of Canada.

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