Get Ready for Expanded Biometric Requirements

On July 31st, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be expanding the collection of biometrics to all applicants between the ages of 14-79. Start dates for the requirement vary depending on the applicant's nationality.

Some of the most relevant details include: 

Who Will be Affected and When

Biometric data must be submitted by everyone applying for:

  • a visitor visa,
  • a work or study permit,
  • permanent residence, or
  • refugee or asylum status.

Some exemptions:

  • persons applying from within Canada will be initially exempt until early 2019, when collection centres will be opened in the country;
  • Americans applying for a work or study permit; and
  • visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as visitors with a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

The requirements are being rolled out in stages: applicants from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa must provide biometrics starting at the end of this month; July 31, 2018. Applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Americas will be required to provide biometrics starting on December 31, 2018.

How to Obtain and Submit Biometric Data

Most applicants will give fingerprints and have photos taken at any Visa Application Centre (VAC). Only refugee claimants and certain eligible work or study permit applicants may submit the data upon arrival at a port of entry.

Biometric data will stay valid for 10 years, and will not be required for each temporary resident application. However, permanent residence applicants must submit new biometrics even if they submitted data as part of a visa or permit application within the previous 10 years.

The process costs $85 per applicant, with a maximum total fee of $170 for families.

Process Upon Arrival In Canada

If you arrive at one of Canada's major airports, you will be required to provide your fingerprints at a kiosk. If you arrive at a smaller airport or land port of entry, an immigration officer may verify your fingerprints if you are selected for secondary inspection.

If you would like to learn more about how these changes may affect you, please contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at

In the News: Aadil Mangalji wins last minute reprieve for client from being sent back from Uganda

Check out the Toronto Star article on our client Yvonne Jele's story.  Despite being outed in the tabloids of Uganda with a headline that read "City Socialite Hunted Over Lesbo Links", the current immigration laws did not allow us to present this evidence to the Federal Court. 

Happily however, Yvonne was granted a last-minute stay from removal to Uganda by the Minister through the advocacy efforts of Aadil Mangalji.

Speaking out against the IRB's revictimization of an abused woman

The Toronto Star has reported a story about one of our clients today.  You can find the article here.  Here are some more details about the case:

A few months ago, we met an amazing woman who had fled an extremely abusive relationship in Botswana.  She came to us after her refugee claim had been refused by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).  When we reviewed the IRB decision we were outraged. 

The board member, Michael Sterlin, blamed the woman for not seeking help from the police until 10 months after her abuse started.  He wrote:

"The Panel would have expected the claimant to at least make some effort to protect herself before allowing herself to be beaten some 100 times. ... The Panel finds that if the claimant were truly beaten some 100 times in 10 months, then she would have reported her husband to the police, tried to take shelter, or do something to put herself out of harm's way.  It is entirely possible that if the claimant had reported herself to the police after the first beating, or after a few beatings, then he may have been constrained from beating her again."

"The decision re-victimizes an abused woman and exhibits no understanding of the cycle of violence that many women face, as was recognized by the Supreme Court in R. v. Lavallee fourteen years ago.  The ignorance displayed in the decision is completely unacceptable," says Aadil Mangalji.

We will be arguing this decision in Federal Court on October 15.  To show your support, please share this story with others and contact the IRB at:

74 Victoria Street, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 3C7 Telephone: 416-954-1000
Fax: 416-954-1165


Minister Chris Alexander at: