Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced today that it has put in place a temporary political measure to exempt temporary foreign workers from certain sectors from having to provide their biometric data before arriving in Canada if the site of biometric data collection closest to them is closed due to a disturbance related to the coronavirus.
Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are exempt if they are called upon to work as truck drivers or in the health, agriculture, or agri-food sectors in Canada.
IRCC notes that many of these workers have already provided their biometric data to Canada since working in the country. However, it will continue to maintain the safety and security of the Canadian public by ensuring that biometrics are collected for all TFWs.
Changes when arrived in Canada
On arrival, TFWs may be asked to provide their biometric data at a Point of Entry (POE) in Canada.
In addition, they will be checked at the POE by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure that they arrive for essential purposes. Under current guidelines, arriving in Canada to work in the country is considered an essential trip.
Once a TFW has entered Canada, it must self-quarantine by law for a period of 14 days.
Flexibility by IRCC
IRCC also stated that it is granting an additional extension to people who are currently unable to submit their biometric data abroad due to COVID-19 interruptions.
Even if a person’s biometric instruction letter indicates that they have 30 or 90 days to submit their biometric data, they do not have to worry about not meeting the deadline if their center Visa application or nearest biometric data collection site remains closed. These people will not have to provide their biometric data until the collection sites resume their activities.
IRCC reiterated that it will not close or refuse any pending applications due to missing documents. IRCC introduced a variety of special policy measures and increased flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate as many foreigners as possible.
In general, biometrics are required for foreign nationals who apply for a visitor visa, a study or work permit (except American nationals), refugee or asylum status, permanent residence, a file of the visitor, or an extension of the study or work permit.
These people submit their fingerprints, their photos, and pay a fee. Canada collects biometric data to quickly and accurately confirm the identity of foreign travelers to facilitate smoother entry into the country.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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