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What will happen to my fingerprints and photo after they are collected for biometrics?

After you give your biometrics, your fingerprints and photo will be encrypted and sent electronically to a secure Government of Canada database. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will check your fingerprints against the fingerprint records of

  • criminals
  • refugee claimants
  • deportees
  • temporary resident applicants

Any matches to existing RCMP records will be analyzed by the visa officer. This information is used to make a final decision on your application.

Domestic law enforcement

We may also share your biometrics information with

  • other law enforcement agencies in Canada to enforce any Canadian or provincial law or
  • Canadian government institutions or foreign governments according to Canada's privacy laws

When you arrive in Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency border services officer will use your biometrics to verify that you are the same person the visa was given to.

Find out more about what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

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