The biometric exemption for those who already in Canada and eligible to apply for a visa or visa extension within Canada will end this December 2019. The official announcement will be made soon with major points:
- Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics at one of 56 designated Service Canada locations across the country – these centers are operated by with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- In-Canada applicants will continue to file their study permit applications online with IRCC. On filing an application, they will then receive additional instructions from IRCC as to how and where they can provide their biometric information (at an ESDC-operated Service Centre) to complete the application process.
- The exemption remains unchanged for any in-Canada applicants that have previously filed biometrics with IRCC within the last 10 years.
Online application will become mandatory for these following cases:
- Extensions of temporary resident status made from within Canada
- Study or work permits made from within Canada
- Renewals of study or work permits made from within Canada
- Restoration of status made from within Canada
Other applications are remained unchanged, can be done either online or paper-based
- Post-graduation work permits for clients applying on a visitor record
- Post-graduation work permit extensions, where the full work permit length was not previously issued due to medical or passport conditions
- Post-doctoral fellows and award recipients
- Medical residents and fellows
Study permits will be issued for pre-requisite studies for the length of the student’s planned pre-requisite programme plus one year to prepare for a new study. Strongly emphasize that students can not work off campus while doing pre-requisite courses.
Student changing from one to another Designed Learning Institution (DLI) and Students transitioning between levels of study, for example from primary to secondary or to post-secondary are no longer required to obtain a new study permit, as long as their current study permit remains valid, exempt for Quebec students.
Students who change their Designed Learning Institution (DLI) must inform IRCC of new institution they’re enrolled in.
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