Beginning July 31 Canada Will Use Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer

2018-05-09
Beginning July 31 Canada Will Use Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Beginning July 31. 2018, Canada will require biometrics including fingerprints and a photo for most Canadian immigration applications beginning July 31 for people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and on December 31, 2018, for applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Biometrics are tools for the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints or eye scans and are globally recognized identification and security tools. Biometrics make travel to Canada easier and keep Canadians safer, says IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

According to immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah,

The Canadian government will be launching a new biometrics program which means that they will be collecting personal information fingerprints pictures and other identifiers for all applications for immigration going forward.  For study permits, visas and work permits they will be collecting them as a normal course. Once they do collect them, they’ll be valid for ten years so you won’t have to keep doing them every time you change your immigration category in Canada. 
This will be launching at the end of July and for those who are concerned about privacy this might be a good opportunity to call us and we can discuss what happens to your biometrics, how they’re stored and if you can be certain that they will be kept private by the Canadian government.

Biometrics are tools for the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints or eye scans and are globally recognized identification and security tools. Canada has been collecting fingerprints since 1993 for refugee applicants for TRVs (Temporary Resident Visas.)

Watch: Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses Canada’s new biometrics requirement for immigration applications: 

Learn more: How Canada Uses Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer

 

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Evelyn Ackah Evelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. She has been practicing law since 1999 and brings her passion and knowledge for immigration law to her corporate and individual clients from all over the world. Calgary • Toronto • Vancouver        Connect with Evelyn:        LinkedIn: evelynackah       Twitter: @AckahLaw       Facebook: AckahBusinessImmigrationLaw