Biometrics exemption for permanent residence applicants who have given biometrics within the last 10 years
As a temporary measure, you’re exempt from giving biometrics if you have both of the following:
- already applied or are applying for permanent residence
- given your biometrics within the last 10 years
You don’t have to pay the biometric fee when you submit your application, even if the system tells you to pay it.
If you paid the fee, we’ll automatically refund it once we finalize your application.
Permanent residence applicants who have not given biometrics within the last 10 years
Find out if you need to give your biometrics.
Service Canada Centres are gradually resuming biometrics collection services for permanent residence applicants who have received a biometric instruction letter (BIL) and have not given their biometrics within the last 10 years.
Service Canada officers will call you at the telephone number you provided in your application to schedule your biometrics appointment. There is no additional fee to pay, and you don’t need a new BIL.
Don’t go to a Service Canada Centre unless a Service Canada officer calls you and schedules an appointment for you.