The biometrics, introduced from December 31, 2018 to identify foreigners entering Canada, changed on December 3, 2019. The two biggest changes are the opening of a new Biometrics Center in Canada and the applicant requirements.
Previously, in order to receive Biometrics, you had to visit Biometrics centers in Korea or third countries. As a result, applicants who had already lived in Canada had to go to Korea or the United States when they needed Biometrics and re-enter Canada, but from this December 3, 2019, it is not necessary.
58 new Biometrics Centers have been opened across Canada and applicants already residing in Canada can receive Biometrics without leaving. This helps to reduce unnecessary travel or time wasting.
In addition, there were changes to the conditions for applicants to apply for Biometrics on December 3. Previously, only immigrant applicants applying from outside Canada had to submit fingerprints and photographs. However, from now on, unless you are exempt, applicants from Canada also need Biometrics.
In addition to receiving new Work Permits, Study Permits, and Visitor Permits, if you are already in Canada, you will need to obtain Biometrics as well. Those permits will allow to extend your legal stay in Canada, and if you do not have valid Biometrics, you must submit it.
Also, people from 14 to 79 years old applying for permanent residence through family class (economic immigrant), Refugee class (refugee immigrant) need to have new Biometrics even if they have already received biometrics via Biometric as Visitor, Study or Work in the past. Canadian citizenship and permanent residency holders are exempt from Biometrics.
The first step for the Biometric process is to apply for the permanent residence, Work Permit, Study Permit, and Visitor Permit. You will then receive a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL), which will provide you with a list of Biometrics service centres to choose.
Afterwards, people who need to take Biometrics must make an appointment in advance to provide fingerprints and take pictures. It is necessary to bring BIL with you when you visit Biometrics service centre within 30 days of receipt of a request. Applicants, including Canadian residents who wish to travel abroad, can provide biometric information at the Visa Application Center (VAC) in any country where they are legally permitted to enter.
Although Biometrics does not affect the application processing time, it is still necessary to complete the Biometrics within 30 days of the request. It is better to book it through the application centre as soon as requested to proceed PR or any permits as soon as possible.