As of September 5th, 2013, citizens of specified countries must now provide biometric data when coming to Canada as visitors, students, or temporary workers.
The biometric requirements are being implemented in stages. The following chart outlines which nationalities require biometric data, as well as the date when this requirement will become effective:
|Country||Effective Date (all dates 2013)|
|Burma (Myanmar)||December 11|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||October 23|
|Palestinian Authority||December 11|
|Saudi Arabia||October 23|
|South Sudan||October 23|
|Sri Lanka||December 11|
Individuals who require biometric data must visit the Visa Application Centre (VAC) or Visa Office responsible for their area of residence outside of Canada. They will be required to provide fingerprints and to have photographs taken.
There are some cases where a citizen of a designated country will not be required to provide biometrics. An individual is exempt if s/he:
- Is under 14 years old or 80 years old and over;
- Is a diplomat, consular officer, or representative of
- A country;
- The United Nations;
- An intergovernmental organization that Canada is a member of,
And is travelling to Canada on official business
- Is applying for a transit visa of less than 48 hours, directly to/from the United States and hold a valid United States entry visa; or
- Is already in Canada and eligible to apply as a visitor, student, or foreign worker.