An applicant does not have to go to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Trinidad, they can go to the nearest of at least 11 VACs or to any of the 135 U.S. Application Support Centers to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they apply on or after December 31, 2018.
Applicants applying online or by mail may give their biometrics at any biometrics collection point provided they have a biometrics instruction letter. Applicants applying at a VAC in person for a visa or permit do not need a biometrics instruction letter. They will provide their biometrics at the same time as they submit their application.
Applicants for temporary residence will only need to provide their biometrics once every 10 years to facilitate repeat travels to Canada. Their biometrics may be verified at the port of entry to confirm their identity each time they enter.
Those applying for a visitor visa, or a work or study permit from OECS may submit an application online, by mail, or in person at any of Canada’s Visa Application Centres. An applicant will have to travel to a Canada’s Visa Application Centres or a U.S. Application Service Center to provide their fingerprints and a photo (biometrics) if they apply on or after December 31, 2018.
And here is some additional information you may find useful:
- On July 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will be required to provide biometrics if they are applying for a visitor visa, a work or study permit, a temporary resident permit, or permanent residence.
- On December 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas (including OECS) will be required to provide biometrics if they are applying for a visitor visa, a work or study permit, a temporary resident permit (except US nationals), or permanent residence.
Some exemptions apply: see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/biometrics/facts.html
- visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada as tourists who hold a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- children under the age of 14
- applicants over the age of 79
- heads of state and heads of government
- cabinet ministers and accredited diplomats of other countries and the United Nations, coming to Canada on official business
- U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada
Please consult www.canada.ca/biometrics for further information.
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