Immigration Canada (IRCC) recently released some first post-election regulations updates. The two most important updates are regarding biometrics and flag-poling.\r\n\r\n\r\nForeign Nationals Applying for A Visa Within Canada Need to Provide Biometrics\r\nTo increase the security and safety of Canadians, the federal government started to collect fingerprints and digital photos from the foreign nationals coming to the country as temporary workers, international students, visitors, and immigrants. In 2018, Ottawa introduced requirements for biometrics for the applicants applying outside Canada. Canada has already opened 160 visa application centres (VAC) in 108 countries across the globe to collect biometrics.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTo make the biometrics submission more convenient, IRCC designated 58 Service Canada locations across the country where applicants will be able to submit their biometrics. The fee for biometrics for a single person is $85 CAD. The fee for a family of two or more people is $170 CAD.\r\n\r\n \r\nCanada Is Partly Banning the Flag-Poling\r\n\r\n\r\nThe processing times at the Immigration Department can take months and to get your document or schedule an appointment in the immigration office it is additional waiting time.\r\n\r\nAccording to the figures by IRCC, as of November 19, 87,148 people are waiting for work permits and 32,542 people are waiting to get their study permits. Also, as of September 30, another 9,580 people are waiting for permanent residency appointments.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCanadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) started to reduce the number of flag-poling candidates in Southern Ontario and Quebec complaining about the volume of such travellers. CBSA is constantly forcing the IRCC to ban flag-poling as it increases the workload of CBSA.\r\n\r\nOn November 15, IRCC issued a notice to all international student advisers across the country about the regulations for international students who want to save time and apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) at the border. IRCC clearly stated that foreign graduates should not apply for a PGWP at the at a port of entry. This method of application has been banned!