Schedule an Appointment for Biometric Enrolment
- Effective 31 July 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) at a Visa Application Centre when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are a national of a country or territory in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, or if you are a national of a country that is already biometrics required. Visit Canada.gc.ca/biometrics for more information
- Scheduling an appointment for Biometric Enrolment is optional – walk-in clients are always welcome to submit their biometrics without a prior appointment. Note however that a planned visit with a preferred time slot via an appointment at the Visa Application Centre guarantees prompt service, thus eliminating longer waiting time resulting in inconvenience. You can schedule an appointment at the nearest Visa Application Centre, either through the VAC website or by calling the call center at +20233323002
- Temporary resident visa, study and work permit applicants study and work permit applicants only need to give biometrics once every 10 years; and those who already provided biometrics also benefit from this initiative.
- However, permanent residence applicants will need to give biometrics with each application.
- If you have applied for a temporary resident visa, study or work permit in the past and are unsure if the biometrics have been provided, Please refer to the IRCC website (Canada.gc.ca/biometrics), and “Find out if your biometrics are still valid”
- Refer to the IRCC website for a list of visa-required countries for temporary residents: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html
- For the purposes of biometric collection, nationality is based on the nationality you have declared in question number 6 (*Citizenship) on the IRCC application form.
- Applicants who have submitted an application online to IRCC must present a Biometric Instruction Letter to enrol their biometrics. To find out more about biometrics visit the IRCC website
Applicants applying in person at a VAC do not need to present a Biometric Instruction Letter.
- Nationals from Europe, Africa and the Middle East and those who are already biometrics required from Asia and the Americas only need to provide biometrics once every 10 years for temporary resident visa, study or work permit applications. However these permanent resident applicants will need to give biometrics regardless of whether they gave biometrics in the past.
- Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with an electronic fingerprint capture device.
- Find your closest CVAC
- Make sure you bring:
- Your passport.
- Your Biometric Instruction Letter from the Government of Canada, if you have submitted an application online to IRCC
Please Click Here for more information’s if you are required to enrol Biometrics
We encourage you to schedule an appointment at the nearest Visa Application Centre either through the VAC website or by calling the call center at +20233323002.. Please note priority will be given to applicants with appointments. A planned visit with a preferred time slot at the Visa Application Centre guarantees prompt service thus eliminating longer waiting time resulting in inconvenience.
STEPS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Appear at the Visa Application Centre in person.
Additional documentation, if applicable –To find out more please click here.
Applicants with multiple citizenships
You must use the same travel document for the entire application process. Use this same document when you go to give your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) or an Application Support Centre (ASC).
If you have already submitted your application and you would like to change the nationality on your application, you must:
- withdraw your application. To do this, contact the visa office responsible for your country or territory,
- submit a new application and pay the applicable fees.
Please note that if you give your biometric information before you withdraw your application, the biometric fee will not be refunded.