Biometrics is a unique physical characteristics measurement such as fingerprints and facial features, for verifying identity with a high level of sureness. Biometric verification mainly reduces the risks that one individual could pose as, or be mistaken for, another.

Biometrics will assist to prevent:

  • identity fraud and theft;
  • known criminals from entering Canada;
  • deportees from re-entering Canada without permission; and
  • failed refugee claimants from re-entering Canada using false identity documents.

If there is no biometric service available in your country, you will have to find the location closest to you. There are over 130 VACs in 96 countries around the world where you can give your biometrics.

For more information, please watch Immigration and Citizenship Canada video.



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