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.
Are you applying from inside Canada? If so, you may be exempt from biometrics requirements during COVID-19 due to a temporary special measure:
COVID-19 special measures for biometrics
Biometrics exemptions: On July 15, 2020, Canada announced that certain temporary resident applicants who are inside Canada will be exempt from the requirement to provide biometrics (Source: IRCC). This is a temporary measure introduced in response to COVID-19. The exemption includes those who are applying from within Canada:
- to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
- to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor
- for a work or study permit
- for a visitor visa
- for a temporary resident permit
As well, this temporary measure does not apply if you are outside Canada. Those applying for permanent residence from within Canada are still required to provide biometrics (note that Service Canada locations in Canada are not yet processing biometrics and biometrics deadlines for PR applicants have been extended due to COVID-19).
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.