Foreigners Entering Canada to Undergo Biometric Screening
Canada will collect fingerprints and digitals photos from all foreigners traveling on a visa under a new security measure.
The measure, which requires legislative approval and is expected to take effect in 2018 or 2019, won't include U.S. citizens.
Canada currently requires fingerprinting and digital photos from citizens of 29 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. The new rules will apply to citizens from more than 150 countries.
The measure will apply for those seeking a work or study permit, as well as those seeking a visitor visa or permanent residency in Canada. Fingerprints and photos have been collected from refugee claimants since 1993. The government will spend $250 million over five years to expand the screening measures.