On June 14, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the removal of the public policy allowing foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence with previous biometrics. As a result, all permanent residence applicants applying on or after June 14, 2023, are required to submit biometrics. The updated instructions have affected general processing measures implemented during the COVID-19. All applicants now have 30 days from the Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) date to provide their biometrics as was the procedure in the pre-pandemic time.