Canada Requires No Biometrics For TRV
Applicants currently in Canada are now excluded from the TRV application biometrics provision. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have partially dropped the biometrics requirement for temporary resident candidates who are already in Canada.
It allows the applicants in Canada, who wish to renew, extend, or restore their study permits, work permits or visitor visas, to do so without meeting the criteria for biometrics. That also applies to applicants seeking to apply for a temporary resident permit.
Biometric processing involves taking fingerprints and a photo of all tourist visa holders, a work permit, a work permit, permanent resident, immigrant or asylum status, extending their stay in Canada, or extending their study or work permit.
The latest update would be applicable to all new and continuing applications, even though the application form is for applicants outside Canada. This is also valid even though the system claims the biometrics fee is needed. In this scenario, the applicant is still not required to pay the fee.
However, this adjustment is not applicable for applicants not already in Canada. Many applicants are yet to have their biometrics.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC has taken many steps to make sure that the safety and health of all people are taken seriously.
Prior to the revisions, all candidates had to apply their biometric details to a local Service Canada office. However, because of the pandemic, IRCC first stated that applications should not be rejected if an individual can not submit biometrics until they can do so.
The latest reform would see IRCC scrapping the biometric requirement entirely, possibly to give peace of mind to Canadians who have implied status.
Implied status means an applicant can lawfully live in Canada for as long as he is waiting for an IRCC final decision.
Canadian residents, who would benefit from this deferred requirement, can also reap the benefits of a recovering economy and employment market. Canada also prolonged the wage subsidy program, which improves employee wages for eligible businesses.
The revoked biometrics regulation, the expanded wage subsidies plan, along with an economy that has generated more than 1.2 million jobs in the last 2 months, both reflect an optimistic set of events related toCOVID-19 after a tough few months.
What spets do you need to take if you’re applying for a visa from within Canada?
- Ensure that you don’t pay the CAD 85 biometric fee, even if asked to do so.
- If you are in Canada, you are not obligated by law to include your biometrics, even though you have been sent a letter of instruction related to biometrics.
What can you do if you’re waiting for a final decision but have already paid for the biometric fee?
- If you have already paid the biometrics fee, you will get a refund after the processing of your application is complete.