Indian applicants of Canada Visa will have to offer biometrics from 31 December 2018. It will be applicable to all those who are applying for Canada PR Visa, Work Visa, Study Visa, and Visitor Visa. As of now only Schengen Nations, the UK and the US ask biometrics from Indian applicants for Visas.
The official website of the Canadian Government states that “From 31 December 2018 applicants from India will have to offer biometrics. This is for a fresh application for Visitor Visa, Study Visa, Work Visa, and Canada PR Visa.
Canada began to collect biometrics of visa applicants from Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from 31 July 2018. This requirement will be extended for applicants from the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Asia from 31 December 2018.
Exemption from biometrics will be offered to certain applicants. This includes kids below 14 years and aged applicants above 79 years. Asylum applicants do not have any exemption of upper age, as quoted by the Times of India.
The website of the Canadian Government further elaborates that “Applicants must offer biometrics only once for every ten years. They are not required to offer the biometrics till the period of 10 years expires”.
The cost of an individual applicant for biometrics will be CAD$ 85 or Rs 4, 860. Families applying jointly at the same time will have to pay a maximum of CAD$ 170.
Elaborating on the reason for collecting biometrics for Canada Visa the website says that “Collection of biometrics is accepted worldwide as an accurate and reliable tool for ascertaining identity. 70 plus nations across the globe are using biometrics for their immigration programs”.
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