Apr 09, 2022
By Steve Kee
The federal government is exempting more Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion from providing biometrics, or fingerprints and a photo, before coming to Canada.
It’s one of a number of measures the government announced today to make it easier to access the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says Canada won’t require biometrics from people under the age of 18, over the age of 60, and those with previous Canadian visas that have no immigration issues.
Previously in those cases, it was left up to the “decision maker’s discretion” whether to collect biometrics — fingerprints and a photo.
Fraser said the government is making the move to “reduce the pressure on biometrics collection.”
Fraser says Canada has already approved more than 30,000 applications under the program.