Canadian Govt. expanding biometrics programme

Persons on study and work permit, or permanent resident visa will need to provide biometrics


NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A statement released Sunday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlined that Canada is in the final phases of expanding its biometrics programme globally to include all foreign nationals (unless exempt) who are applying for a visitor visa, a study or work permit (excluding U.S. nationals), and/or a temporary resident permit, and all those applying for permanent residence or claiming refugee or asylum status.

As a result, Bahamian citizens in the certain categories of applications will need to provide biometrics effective December 31, 2018.

The requirement is a Regulatory Amendment of the Canadian Government.

Citizens of The Bahamas between the ages of 14 and 79 (inclusive) who apply on or after December 31 for a study permit, a work permit, or a permanent resident (immigrant) visa to Canada, will need to provide their biometrics at any Visa Application Center (VAC) or Application Support Center (ASC) of their choice.

Applications submitted before December 31, 2018, are not affected.

Citizens of The Bahamas who are applying for a study permit or a work permit will only need to provide their biometrics once every ten 10 years.

Visa-exempt nationals (including citizens of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas) coming to visit Canada who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and who do not require a work permit, study permit, or temporary resident permit, do not need to provide biometrics.

Persons seeking to travel to Canada are strongly advised to visit the website of the Government of Canada to ensure that they comply with the Canadian entry requirements.