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On September 22, the Government of Canada announced the introduction of a public policy measure to exempt permanent residence applicants from the requirement to provide new biometrics, provided that the applicants have given their biometrics in support of an application within the past ten years. This public policy measure will be in place until further notice and will apply to both pending and new applications for permanent residence. .

This is welcome news to the many permanent residence applicants who have been waiting for the Service Canada centres to resume biometric appointments. IRCC will link previously enrolled biometric information to any pending or new applications for permanent residence.