What happens after giving Biometrics for Canada PR?


Once you give biometric information, that includes your fingerprints and photograph, the process of your visa application will begin. 

The process of giving biometrics consists of three steps:

  • You pay the biometric fee
  • Receive an instruction letter that will tell you where to go to give biometrics 
  • Go give your biometric information! 

Once you are done with this, you will receive a Canada biometric validity letter. This letter means IRCC has received your biometric information and you won’t need to give them again for the next 10 years! 

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What are Biometrics for Canada PR?

If you are entering Canada for the first time, meaning this is the first time you are applying for a Canada visa, you must give your biometric information. The biometric information consists of the person submitting their fingerprints as well as their photograph as a part of identification verification.

Once you give biometric information, you won’t need to give it again for the upcoming 10 years or so, as the government stores the information. 

In this blog, we will talk about what happens after you give biometric information for the Student Direct Stream application.

What happens when you visit a biometric collection centre?

When you visit a biometric collection centre, IRCC collects the following data:-

  • Fingerprints: The applicant’s fingerprints are captured electronically with the help of an electronic fingerprint-capture device
  • Photograph: Applicant’s digital photograph 
  • Biographic data: The applicant’s name, date of birth, and other personal information which is available on their passport

What to expect after giving biometrics?

The process of submitting biometrics information starts from paying the fee which leads to submitting the visa application. The candidate receives a letter that instructs them where to submit their biometrics. 

They would visit the biometric collection center where they could submit their photograph and their fingerprints.

After giving biometrics- 

  • IRCC takes almost 20 calendar days to process the Student Direct Stream application after the submission of biometrics by the applicant. 
  • When you arrive at a Canadian port of entry, a visa officer will ensure that you meet all the requirements to enter the country. If everything is alright, the office will then print your study permit and you can enter Canada! 

Who gives biometric information?

Applicants who are aged between 14-79 years of age need to give their biometric information.  

Also, those who are applying under this need to give biometrics:

Now you know what biometrics are, what to expect after giving biometrics, what information is collected when you visit a biometric collection center, and who is required to give them. 

Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about biometrics.

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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