As of 4 September 2013, you may need to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

  • For Paper application where biometrics is required, applicants are requested to come in person. Upon submission of the paper application biometric will be collected at the same time.
  • For Electronic Application where biometric is required, a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) from the Government of Canada requesting your biometric will be sent to you. Please carry it along with you and visit the nearest VAC in Manila or Cebu to submit your biometrics.

To find out more about biometrics visit IRCC website at