The Canadian Government is starting service points and new Visa Application Centres in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to encourage the development of its program of biometrics.
The new Visa Application Centres (VACs) and service points will serve in the biometrics collection it includes fingerprints and a for recognition of facial a photograph, which all international nationals from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa appealing to study, work, visit, or settle in Canada will have to exhibit beginning from July 31.
Foreign nationals from Asia Pacific, Asia, and the Americas will also give their biometrics while appealing for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence starting from December 31, 2018.
New Visa Application Centres will Start in
In mid-September 2018- Stockholm, Sweden; Kigali, Rwanda; and Tel Aviv, Israel
In early November 2018- Berlin, Germany; Athens, Greece; Lyon, France; and Vienna, Austria
In early December 2018- Cape Town, South Africa and Antananarivo, Madagascar
In 2019 the Canadian government states more Visa Application Centres.
Meanwhile, biometrics collection transitional service points have now started to candidates at some embassies of Canada in Europe.
The below service biometrics points will be given to collection of biometrics, and no applications will be considered at specific service points.
From July 31 to mid-September 2018: In Stockholm, at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, for candidates from Sweden and nearby countries.
From July 31 to early November 2018: embassies of Canada in Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria for candidates from Austria, Greece, Germany and countries of neighboring.
From July 31 to early November 2018: In a rented commercial space in Lyon, France for candidates from France and countries of neighboring.
Before attending a service point of biometrics, applicants first need to receive an Instruction Letter of Biometrics from IRCC.
The following candidates are exempt from the requirement of Biometrics:
Citizens of Canada, applicants of citizenship (including passport applicants), or living permanent residents;
children below the age of 14;
candidates over the age of 79 years (there is no upper age exception for asylum claimants);
visa-exempt citizens coming to Canada as travelers who contain an electronic valid travel authorization;
state heads and government heads;
government ministers and accredited representatives of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on approved business;
Visa holders of U.S. transiting across Canada;
refugee applicants or persons of protected who have previously provided biometrics and are appealing for a study or work permit;
temporary resident candidates who have already given biometrics in support of an application of permanent resident that is still in progress.
The Canadian government utilizes biometrics to prevent:
- Fraud identity and theft;
- Recognized criminals from reaching to Canada;
- Re-entering of deportees to Canada without authorization; and
- Suspended refugee applicants from re-entering Canada using fake identity documents.
Security ofinformation collected
The Canadian Government states information about biometrics is controlled by the tremendous level of security and privacy. It is also declared that all collected information at a service point is removed once it has been sent to the Immigration Biometrics Identification System of Canada, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stores fingerprints in the National Repository.