Biometrics resource by IME Clinic Inc.

Biometrics & Immigration Medical Exam Resource by IME Clinic Inc.

Updated on May 5th, 2023

Biometrics and IME are two important but different parts of the immigration application process to Canada. In most cases, you need to do both for your immigration application to Canada. However. in some cases, you may need to do only one. Thus, here we have outlined the major differences between IMEs and biometrics along with explaining in which case you will need it. Therefore, read further to learn more.

What are biometrics?

Biometrics is defined as the measurement and analysis of people’s unique physical features and behaviors. In the case of an immigration application to Canada, the biometrics that is required are fingerprints and photos.

Who needs to submit biometrics?

Firstly, people who need to submit biometrics (fingerprints and photos) are those applying for:

  • Visitor visas
  • Work or study permits (US nationals excluded)
  • Permanent residence
  • Refugee/asylum status
  • Extension to stay in Canada
  • Work or study permit extension

However, certain people are exempt from having to give biometrics. This applies to anyone in Canada applying for temporary residence. For example, you are exempt if you are:

  • Already in Canada
  • Applying or have an application in progress for:
    • Student or work permit extension
    • Visitor visa extension
    • Work or study permit
    • Visitor visa
    • Temporary resident permit

How do you give biometrics?

Firstly, pay the biometrics fee.

  • Individual: CAD $85
  • Families: maximum total fee of CAD $170
  • Groups of 3 or more applying for work permits: maximum total fee of $255

Second, get the biometrics instructions letter. You need to bring this letter with you when you go submit your fingerprints and photos. As well, you need to bring with you a valid passport.

Finally, go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must make an appointment and go in person. Click here to find a collection point near you.

How long are biometrics valid for?

Biometrics given in the last 10 years are valid. You can use this tool to check if your biometrics are still valid.

What is an Immigration Medical Exam?

An Immigration Medical Exam is performed by a Registered Panel Physician to determine whether or not someone is inadmissible for medical reasons to come to Canada. It consists of a physical examination as well as further lab tests. Click here to learn about the importance and different components of the immigration medical exam

Who needs to have an Immigration Medical Exam?

First, permanent resident applicants to Canada must have an Immigration Medical Exam. As well, family members of applicants must have an IME, even if they are not immigrating with you.

Second, certain temporary residents must have an Immigration Medical Exam. This applies to anyone who is staying longer than 6 months and comes from one of these countries. Furthermore, anyone coming as a temporary resident to work in a public health or agriculture-related field must have an IME as well.

Finally, you do not need to have an exam if you are coming for less than 6 months.

How do you get an Immigration Medical Exam?

You can have an IME before you apply (upfront medical exam) or after you submit your application. Firstly, find a panel physician near you here. Furthermore, make sure you bring proper identification and your medical history.

How long is an Immigration Medical Exam valid for?

Immigration Medical Exam results are only valid for 12 months. If you do not submit your application and come to Canada within that time, you may need to have another exam.

Thus, as you can see, biometrics and Immigration Medical Exams are different parts of the immigration application process, but both are important and required.

Thank you for reading with us and learning about the biometrics collection as part of your Canadian immigration process

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