Canada to require biometric data of foreign students

November 12, 2009

According to a senior Canadian immigration official speaking at the annual Canadian Bureau for International Education conference this week, within 2 years, foreign students applying for study visas to Canada will be required to provide biometric identification details. The process would involve fingerprinting and photographs, and would be carried out by Canadian officials in the students' home nations. In discussions after the immigration official's briefing, some delegates said the new requirement could be cumbersome and costly, while others commented that they hoped there would be some discussion with post-secondary institutions before the plan comes into effect. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)