Canada tests biometric data collection
People going to live, work or study in Canada will be able to have their biometric information collected in Bermuda for the first time, it was revealed yesterday.
The Ministry of National Security has launched a trial programme to allow residents to get their permits finalised in Bermuda rather than having to travel to the US for biometric information to be collected.
The Consulate General of Canada will have a team in Bermuda from July 9 to 11 to collected the needed information.
Applicants who have completed the online process must bring the biometrics instruction letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with them as well as a valid passport to submit their biometrics.
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, explained: “Bermuda residents who have applied online or by mail for a work or students permit of permanent residence can have their biometrics collected in Bermuda and avoid the expense of travelling overseas.”
Mr Caines said that those who are still to apply for Canadian visas would be unlikely to be able to complete their applications before the Canadian team arrived. But he added they should complete the process as soon as possible.
The Canadian team will operate from the Department of Immigration, Government Administration Building, Parliament Street, Hamilton, from 9am to noon and from 1pm to 5pm.
• To schedule an appointment, applicants must submit their e-mail to CNGNYCconsular@international.gc.ca