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07 december 2012

Canada will collect biometrics of visitors, students, business people from 30 countries

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Citizenship Immigration Canada
Minister Jason Kenney

Starting in 2013 students, visitors, and businesspeople will need to provide their biometrics to come to Canada if they are from a list of 29 countries and one territory.

“Biometrics has proven to be one of the most effective ways to identify individuals entering the country,” said Canada's Minister of Immigration Kenney. “By providing immigration officials with greater certainty, biometrics will facilitate legitimate travel to Canada.”

According to the December 7 press release: "Canadian citizens and permanent residents will not have to submit biometrics to enter the country. Minors under the age of 14, the elderly over the age of 79, and diplomats travelling on official business and their family members will also be exempt."

List of countries or territories covered by this announcement: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Yemen.

More information:
Press Release: Canada to Begin Collecting Biometrics from Certain Foreign Nationals - here

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