Ukrainians must now present biometric data for Canadian visa
Ukrainians will now need to provide their biometric data for entering Canada, but on subsequent trips, biometrics will need to be provided only after 10 years, Canada's Immigration Ministry has said.
"Starting in the summer of 2018 [on July 31], when you apply for a visa for entry, study or work permit (other than U.S. citizens) or permanent residence, you will need to provide fingerprints and a photograph. Applicants for a visa for entry, study or work permit will have to give biometric data only once every 10 years," the ministry said.
The new policy applies to persons entering Canada from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.
In addition, starting from December 31, 2018, biometric data will also have to be provided by those who apply for visas from Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Americas.
The ministry explained that the biometrics will not be handed over to children under 14 years old and adults over 79 years old.
The cost of a visa for one person is 85 Canadian dollars ($99), and for families who are applying for a visa at the same time, its cost will not exceed 170 Canadian dollars ($198).
Canada's Immigration Ministry said collection of biometric data allows the government of the country to effectively manage identity, facilitate the processing of applications and simplify entry for respectable travelers.
"This helps to prevent, identify and stop the entry of those who create a risk to the health and safety of Canadians," the ministry said.