The requirement for biometrics has been implemented since December 31, 2018, and has been carried out without troubles so far. Visa or immigration applicants are not able to provide biometrics before applying but can only get them once they are requested by IRCC. Biometrics and RCMP fingerprints are not the same thing; the latter is used only for checking the applicants' criminal records within Canada. People were supposed to be able to get their biometrics done at Service Canada starting in 2019, but that has not materialized yet since Service Canada and IRCC have not reached an agreement yet. Nonetheless, biometrics are expected to be available all across Canada starting in 2020.
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