Biometrics collection for visitors

Canada’s Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has unveiled plans to require all visitors to the country except for U.S. nationals to submit fingerprints and facial images for biometric identity verification, beginning later this year.

The country currently collects biometrics from refugee claimants and refugee resettlement applicants, as well as individuals removed from the country and from 30 countries. Biometric collection will be expanded to include all applicants for permanent residence, and all non-U.S. applicants for a visitor visa, study or work permit, with a biometric collection service network and

automated fingerprint verification at ports of entry rolled out during 2018 and 2019.

The Government of Canada announced a pilot for the Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and partners earlier this year.


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