Canada Announces Extra Fee And Fingerprinting for Visa Applicants

Visitors to Canada who are arriving on a visitor visa, a work permit or a study permit from certain countries will now have to provide the government with their fingerprints for an additional $85 fee, according to this Toronto Star article. The government has implemented this new measure as a part of the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, which took effect in June. 

Many countries around the world use biometric data. In this case, the data will be collected by third-party, approved visa locations and then forwarded to the RCMP, who will check it against people who have criminal records, people who have been deported from Canada or who have had removal orders levied against them. The information will also be available to the Canada Border Services Agency, who will run it when the applicants try to enter Canada.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that, “Biometrics will strengthen and modernize Canada’s immigration system. Our doors are open to legitimate travelers and, through the use of biometrics, we will also be able to protect the safety and security of Canadians.”

Countries affected by the new biometrics requirements

About 30 countries have been affected by these new requirements, and they were chosen because those countries have a high level of refugee claimants, deported citizens, refused visas or other immigration issues with travelers to Canada.

The countries and territory affected by the new requirements, which will take effect in the new year, are:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen.


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