CANADAJanuary 13, 2014

As part of Canada’s continuing efforts to decrease identity fraud and security risks throughout the immigration process, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently confirmed that 16 additional nationalities will now be required to submit biometric data for all visa applications in Canada’s temporary residence visa stream. First announced in January 2013, Canadian authorities began staggered implementation of this new requirement in September 2013 with these additional 16 nationalities marking the final phase of the rollout.

Upon filing work, study, or visit visa applications, citizens affected by these new requirements will now need to submit their fingerprints and a digital photograph at Canadian Visa Application Centers (VACs) located in their country of residence. This biometric data will be used by Canadian authorities during the adjudication of the visa application itself, as well as by border officers to confirm the identity of the traveler upon his/her entry into Canada.

Effective as of December 11, 2013, this new requirement will be applicable for the following nationalities:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cambodia
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen