Biometrics collection for temporary and permanent resident applicants expanded

Canada has expanded its biometrics collection program to include countries in Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

As of Monday, people from these countries will need to give their fingerprints and photo when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence.

Ottawa says the same rule has applied to applicants from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since July 31, 2018.

The government says having biometrics on file makes it easier for immigration and border service officials to stop individuals who pose a risk to Canada's security, while making travel easier for legitimate travelers.

This requirement adds a new step in the application process, with applicants having to provide their biometrics in person at a visa application centre before they come to Canada.