Express Entry candidates applying for permanent residence are required to give biometrics as part of the application process.

Biometrics are the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints and facial features (photo) and are used by IRCC to establish and confirm your identity.

When do I have to do Biometrics?

After you have submitted your electronic application and paid your biometrics fee, IRCC will send you a letter confirming that you need to do biometrics and provide you with instructions on where you can go.

Biometrics are given in person at a collection service point. You can find a collection service point close to you on this page

You will need to present the letter you receive from IRCC and your passport when you go to do your biometrics, so make sure to have both with you when you go.

COVID-19: Temporary exemption measures

IRCC has made some temporary changes due to the pandemic, granting an exemption to the biometrics requirements if you are:

  • in Canada and are applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada or
  • applying or have applied for permanent residence and have given biometrics within the last 10 years

Where to give your biometrics?

You are now able to give your biometrics at most Visa Application Centers (VACs) and U.S. Application Support Centers (ASCs) if:

  • you are applying from outside Canada; and
  • you submitted your application on or after April 12, 2021; and
  • you have not given biometrics in the last 10 years

If your VAC or ASC is closed, you need more time to give your biometrics or are unable to give your biometrics for whatever reason, you should reach out to IRCC through their web form to explain your situation. They will be able to advise you further.


If you have applied for Canadian permanent residence from within Canada, you will be able to book your biometrics appointment using the Service Canada Appointment System.