Submitting biometrics is now a required step for certain applicants for a Canadian work permit, including those applying under the International Experience Class (IEC) program.
- Update for IEC 2020 season: You can now submit your biometrics from within Canada.
Here’s how it works
There is some confusion out there because many people think they need to submit their biometrics when they first submit their documents with the IEC application.
Rather, you receive a request to submit biometrics AFTER you submit your IEC application and have paid the fees (including a biometrics fee).
These biometrics can only be submitted at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) or Application Support Centre (ASC, in the USA only). Or, for applicants in Canada, you can now submit your biometrics by appointment only at any designated Service Canada Centre.
After submitting your work permit application, you’ll soon receive a request to submit biometrics. From the date you receive the request for biometrics, you have 30 days to complete them and upload your receipt.