Does the Canadian government have my fingerprints?

The Government of Canada keeps fingerprints on record for 15 years from the time you provide them. They are deleted after this time or if the applicant is granted Canadian citizenship.

Why is IRCC collecting my fingerprints?

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

How long does home office keep fingerprints?

Retention and usage

Fingerprint information will normally be retained for up to 10 years. However, where a person is considered to pose a threat to the UK or for those who are permanently settled in the UK, information will be retained for immigration or nationality purposes.

How long are biometrics kept?

If you are charged with a qualifying offence but not convicted you can apply for early deletion of your biometric information only if you have no previous convictions. If you are arrested and charged with a qualifying offence but not convicted, your biometric information can be retained for three years.

Why would a Canadian citizen ask for fingerprints?

Any concern IRCC has about verifying the applicant’s identity could lead to a fingerprint request. Which is to say, perhaps the main reason for a fingerprint request is simply so that IRCC can definitively confirm the identity of the applicant.

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How can I check my biometric status?

How to check the validity of biometrics for temporary resident applications

  1. Review your previous application documents to locate your Unique Client Identifier (UCI). …
  2. Click here to open the IRCC website.
  3. Click the “I Accept” button.
  4. Fill out the form (click to enlarge the picture).
  5. Click “Check Status.”

Do I have to provide fingerprints?

An arrested person must give their fingerprints/DNA if they are arrested for a ‘recordable’ offence. A recordable offence will end up on your Police National Computer Record. All imprisonable offences are recordable. Some non-imprisonable offences are still recordable though.

Do fingerprints expire Canada?

For permanent residence applications

We’ll keep your fingerprints and photo until your 80th birthday. If you’re granted Canadian citizenship, we’ll permanently delete your fingerprints and photo.

How long are fingerprints valid Canada?

You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. You don’t need to give your biometrics again until the 10-year period expires. If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.

How do you get fingerprints destroyed in Ontario?


  1. The applicant must be an adult (18 years of age or older at date of arrest),
  2. The applicant cannot have any criminal convictions,
  3. The applicant cannot have outstanding charges before the courts,
  4. Any Peace Bond must have expired before applying for destruction,

Can police keep my fingerprints?

The police can indefinitely retain your DNA and fingerprints if, as an adult, you were convicted (including cautions) for any recordable offence. The police can also retain your DNA and fingerprints indefinitely if you were convicted (including youth cautions/reprimands/final warnings) for a “Qualifying Offence”.

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Can the police take your fingerprints?

The police have the right to take photographs of you if you’re arrested. They can also take forensic evidence like fingerprints and a DNA sample – for example, from a mouth swab or head hair root. They do not need your permission to do this and can use reasonable force if you refuse.

How do you get fingerprints out of your system?

There is no way of getting them out. For most people, this has zero impact on their lives. Everyone who has been inducted into the military, had a civil service job, or obtained a license for a profession that required a background check has been fingerprinted, in addition to everyone who has been arrested.