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Canada introduces new biometric visa requirements

  • Published at 08:28 am December 5th, 2013

Visitors to Canada from several countries, including Bangladesh, will be required to provide fingerprints and a digital photograph while applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit, or study permit.

The new provisions will be effective from December 11, 2013, the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka said in a press release.   

According to the press release, applicants will need to go in person to a visa application centre (VAC) to submit their applications and give their fingerprints and have their photograph taken.

There is a new fee of $85 CAD for the collection of fingerprints and the photograph, which includes application services at the VAC. Family members who apply together for a visitor visa will have to pay a maximum fee of $170 CAD, it stated.

The press note added applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 79 will not have to give this information. Diplomats and government officials travelling on official business are also exempted from the provision. 

When a traveller arrives in Canada at a port of entry, a Canadian border services officer will use all available sources of information to confirm that person’s identity. 

This new requirement will not only help protect the safety and security of Canadians while helping facilitate legitimate travel, it will also protect prospective visitors by making it more difficult for others to forge, steal or use an applicant’s identity to gain access to Canada, it said.

The new requirement will put Canada in line with other countries which are already collecting this information from visitors, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, countries in the European Union Schengen Zone, and Japan. 

In the long run, the use of this information will make entry to Canada easier by providing a reliable tool to readily confirm a person’s identity. 

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