***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

All biometrics services can only be done through appointment at designated Service Canada centres.

Workers changing jobs or employers in Canada

If your local Service Canada office is closed, you may not need to give your biometrics when you apply for a new work permit. After you apply and pay all your fees, we’ll let you know if this applies to you. If it does, we’ll refund your biometrics fee (CAN$85).

For more detail, please visit Canada.ca directly.

(URL: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/biometrics.html)

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List of Canadian locations

This is a list of current federal government offices in Canada that deliver biometrics services. Legend: POE = Point of Entry locations. SCO = Service Canada Office location Search for other international locations click here. Abbotsford, British Columbia Service Canada Centre SCO Canada Abbotsford Service Canada Centre By appointment only Click here to make an appointment...

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Biometrics Fees

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Biometrics Locations

Find a biometrics collection site near you Before you go, you need to make an appointment to give your biometrics. Use the table below to find your closest collection site. If you’re outside Canada, you should also check the location’s website for its services and fees. Learn about how we protect your biometric information Search Your Biometrics...

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Find out if you need to give your biometrics —

Click here to find out if you need to give your biometrics.

Injuries and medical conditions

Some injuries and medical conditions can prevent you from being able to provide your 10 fingerprints or photograph. You may not be able to attend your biometrics appointment if you are experiencing the following conditions: If you have a temporary injury or medical condition on your face or hands, you should wait until it has healed...

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