Starting August 1st, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.
Why Do I Have To Give My Biometrics (fingerprints and photo) When I Apply?
Most people have to give biometrics when they apply for a visitor visa, a study or work permit or permanent residence.
Canadian visa officers use biometrics to confirm your identity. Biometrics also helps to:
- make it more difficult for someone to forge, steal or use your identity,
- resolve problems or errors that may happen if your name, date of birth and/or place of birth are similar to those of someone else, and
- confirm your identity the next time you apply, so it is easier for you to re-enter Canada.
Do I Need To Pay More?
Yes, you will need to pay an additional $85. The extra $85 is paid at the time of paying the visa.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Going forward every applicant for the IEC visa will need to travel to the Embassy of Canada in Dublin by appointment ONLY within 30 days of their invitation letter & get their fingerprints taken at the Embassy. The Embassy location is only temporary it seems & will only be open for 2 days per month.
Does This Apply To Everyone?
If you’ve had your fingerprints taken in the last 10 years you don’t need to get your fingerprints taken.
There are some exemptions, however:
- Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents
- visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- children under the age of 14
- applicants over the age of 79 (there is no upper age exemption for asylum claimants)
- heads of state and heads of government
- cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business
- U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada
- refugee claimants or protected persons who have already provided biometrics and are applying for a study or work permit
- temporary resident applicants who have already provided biometrics in support of a permanent resident application that is still in progress
If you have any other questions regarding this please contact us by;
- Email – Canada@usit.ie
- Phone – (01) 602 1906