Biometrics for Mexican Citizens

2 min. readlast update: 04.19.2024

*NOTE - The following information ONLY applies if you are a Mexican Citizen and have been given instructions by Camp Canada to apply for your work permit online. Otherwise, please wait until you receive further instructions from Camp Canada before proceeding.


What are biometrics? Do I have to give biometrics? 

Biometrics collection (your fingerprints and photo) is mandatory for all foreign nationals between the ages of 14 and 79 who are applying for, claiming or requesting temporary residence (excluding U.S. nationals), permanent residence or refugee protection in Canada. 

Biometrics are valid for 10 years. 


How much does it cost?

It costs $85 CAD. 


How do I know if my biometrics are still valid? 

You 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.

Find out if your biometrics are still valid and when they expire by using the Check status tool.


Where can I find my UCI Number?

You will find this number, also referred to as a Unique Client Identifier (UCI), on all documents you get from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is an eight or ten digit number that looks like this: 0000-0000 or 00-0000-0000. 

Look for this number on your immigration documents, such as an old work permit, or letters you received from IRCC.


Where and when can I give my biometrics? 

*NOTE - If you are a citizen of Mexico and you do not have valid biometrics, you cannot give your biometrics until after you submit your online work permit application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Once your online application is submitted to IRCC:

  1. You will receive a Biometrics Instruction Letter (BIL) from the Government of Canada.

  2. Follow the instructions in this letter to make a biometrics appointment. You may refer to this link to find your closest Visa Application Centre (VAC) collection site. 

  3. Visit the VAC’s website before you go to find out what services are available, and to check for fees.

  4. Make sure to bring a printed copy of your Biometrics Instruction Letter (BIL) with you to your appointment.


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