Normally, you need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photo) if you apply for:

  • a visitor visa
  • a work or study permit (excluding US nationals)
  • permanent residence
  • refugee or asylum status
  • an extension of your stay in Canada, known as a visitor record (as of December 3, 2019)
  • a work or study permit extension (as of December 3, 2019)

There are some exemptions.

Due to COVID-19, anyone in Canada applying for temporary residence is exempt from giving biometrics. This temporary measure applies to you if you’re both of the following:

  • in Canada
  • applying or have an application in progress
    • to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
    • to restore your status as a student, worker, or visitor
    • for a work or study permit
    • for a visitor visa
    • for a temporary resident permit

If you gave biometrics in the last 10 years for a visitor visa, work permit or study permit, and they’re still valid, you don’t have to give them again if you’re applying to visit, work or study.

Use the Check Status tool to find out if your biometrics are still valid.

If you have an alien’s passport you need to give your biometrics, regardless of the country that issued the passport.

Answer a few questions to find out if you need to give biometrics.