In the early days of this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed their plans on expanding the Biometric Program. The current biometrics programs demand several applicants of temporary visas and citizenship status has to submit fingerprints and photographs for their identification. Currently, nationals of 30 countries applying for work permit, TRV and study permits have to submit biometrics before they can enter into Canada. This program has been an active part of Canada’s several visa processes from over 20 years. It is said that biometric system has played a significant role in screening of immigrants and making a right decision on their entry into the country.
Now, the expansion of the Canada Biometrics Program means that the need of biometrics can be implemented on other types of visa applications too. According to the IRCC announcement, expansion of the Biometrics Program will be rolled out through 2018-2019. New requirements will be introduced for applicants applying for any of the above stated types of visas. However, IRCC has not released any information on what the new requirements would look like and the type of visas that would have this requirement.