OTTAWA, CMC – Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it is now easier for foreign nationals to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada.
On Tuesday, the immigration agency said foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country.
“This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada,” it said in a statement.
It said Canada has collected biometrics (fingerprints and photos) on most foreign nationals applying for temporary or permanent residence since December 31, 2018.
“Having biometrics helps immigration officers verify people’s identity, which makes processing applications easier and simplifies entry for legitimate travelers,” IRCC said. “It also makes it easier for officers to stop individuals who pose a risk to the safety and security of Canadians.”
IRCC said people can apply online or by paper as they have always done.
Applicants who receive a biometrics instruction letter will be able to give their fingerprints and photo at designated Service Canada locations across the country by appointment.