Calgary Biometric Locations

March 11, 2020|Fingerprinting & Background Checks|

You must go to a Visa Application Centre (VACS) if you received a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada stating: “you are required to have your fingerprints scanned and your photograph taken (your biometrics)” at a biometric collection service point”. Please select the link below to find the VACS nearest you: Alternatively, you can select one of the Calgary Biometrics Offices below: Temple CrossingSuite 116 5401 Temple Drive Calgary, Alberta Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (walk in)More Info / Holiday Closures Calgary Sundance Service Canada Centre and Passport Services120-23 Sunpark Drive SE Calgary, Alberta[...]

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Obtaining Biometrics for CIC Canada

March 11, 2020|Fingerprinting & Background Checks|

What is Biometrics? The term biometrics refers to human characteristics that help identify an individual.  You also carry a form of biometrics in the form of a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate that is used to identify you.   Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term you use biometrics in your daily life. When asked to provide biometrics to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC Canada), you are being asked to provide the following: fingerprints; and photograph. The request for biometrics from CIC Canada began on July 31, 2018.  As this is a new procedure, people are confusing biometrics with[...]

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Legal Name Change Frequently Asked Questions

September 9, 2019|Fingerprinting & Background Checks|

Question: How does fingerprinting work for a Legal Name Change? Answer: The fingerprinting agency takes the Applicant’s fingerprints electronically and submits them to the RCMP instantly using secure online transmission. The RCMP processes the fingerprints and then mails the results directly to the Applicant by ordinary mail.  The RCMP will not courier the results to the Applicant. Question: How long will it take for the Applicant to get their results? Answer: Normally, the Applicant receives the results within 2 to 3 weeks if they have NO criminal record or 1 to 3 months if they DO have a criminal record.  The[...]

Unclassified fingerprints

September 5, 2019|Fingerprinting & Background Checks|

How do I get a police clearance if my fingerprints are unclassified?  There are many   reasons why your fingerprints may be of poor quality or unclassified.  They include: PHYSICAL REASONS: You have lots of wrinkles; Your fingerprint ridges are worn due to the type of work that you do; Your fingerprints are illegible due to medical condition; Your hands are very sweaty and cause your fingerprints to smudge easily; Your hands are very dry; Due to deformity, it was difficult to take clear fingerprints; or You have scars or missing fingers. TECHNICAL REASONS Not enough pressure was applied (fingerprint[...]

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How to reduce the risk your fingerprints will be rejected

September 5, 2019|Fingerprinting & Background Checks|

Good Fingerprints Let’s begin by illustrating what a GOOD FINGERPRINT looks like.  It is important that the center of the loop (circles) and the deltas (triangles) are legible. Bad Fingerprints Look below for fingerprints that would be rejected (unsuitable for conducting a criminal record background check).   Reasons, why fingerprints are rejected, include: Pressed too lightly.  (1)Pressed too hard. (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)Too much ink (may not be an issue if you don’t press too hard). (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)Not enough ink covering entire fingertip (3, 7)Fingertip to warm/sweaty. (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)Fingertip too[...]

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