Biometrics updates

Biometrics requirement has been updated for in-Canada applications

As of December 3, 2019, biometrics (fingerprints and photo) may be required when you make a study permit, work permit, or temporary resident visa (TRV) application in Canada if you have not given biometrics in the last 10 years. Exemptions may apply.

Refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for detailed information.

Use the online tool to see if you need to provide biometrics. 

Use the check status tool to find out if your biometrics are still valid.

If you are required to provide biometrics and you are submitting an application, make sure you follow the steps to give your biometrics. You will:

  • Pay the biometrics fee. You will be assessed a biometrics fee of $85 CAD, in addition to the application fee
  • Receive a biometrics instruction letter from IRCC after an application is submitted
  • Go to an official biometrics collection service point to give your biometrics in person

You can give your biometrics at designated Service Canada offices (SCOs).

Keep in mind that application processing time estimations do not include the time neede to complete biometrics. 

If you have questions about biometrics, you can contact International Student Advising team, Business program students should contact your International Student Adviser in the Gustavson School of Business International Programs Office.