IRCC News Update August 2018 – Processing Times, and Biometrics

By Author: Admin | September 28, 2018

Canada’s immigration department published its newsletter and the following points are presented therein.

An oft-posed question for visa applicants is “How Long Will My Case Take?”  The utility of Canada’s official immigration website has been refined with a view to being more accurate, perhaps to the relief of immigration lawyers, and Members of Parliament who are often posed this question.

The processing time for an application for a visa or permit  will be calculated based on the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year, under the multi year immigration levels plan.   This is contrast to the previous estimate which was based on historical data which is not an indicator of the future speed of visa processing.

The Biometrics program expanded to more countries containing applicants seeking to enter Canada.  The submission of a photograph and fingerprints form the basic requirements imposed by biometrics.  As of July 31 2018 applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa must complete biometrics.  Subsequently,  on December 31 2018, applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas shall require biometrics to be completed.  Once completed, the biometrics result is valid for ten years.  The completion of biometrics may be done at a port of entry (in conjunction with an application to enter Canada) ,  or at a Visa Application Centre and entails presenting an original passport.  In 2019, it is anticipated that there will be government offices in Canada that will offer biometrics.

The fees for biometrics are $85 for an individual, $170 for a family, and $255 for a group of 3 performing artists seeking  work permits.  The imposition of this measure constitutes another encroachment on privacy that governments possess on millions of people seeking entry to Canada, irrespective of whether they pose a threat to Canada.

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Exempt From Biometrics?

There are exemptions from the requirement to submit biometrics if proves not feasible, or impossible to provide biometrics.  This would appear to allow faceless individuals and/or individuals without fingerprints to be exempted from biometrics.

1200px-UnionPay_logo.svgChinese nationals seeking to pay for Canadian visa filing fee will have the ability to use Union Pay,  which is paradoxically,  the largest credit card company in the world by transaction volume, and also,  one of the least popular methods of payment within the People’s Republic of China.

The job-offer-based Atlantic Immigration Pilot program, has expanded with another 500 spots for immigration to that part of Canada.


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