Fingerprints and a photo will become mandatory for many people applying from Europe, the Middle East and Africa on July 31 for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or for asylum in Canada.The fingerprints and photo will be required for identification purposes. This requirement will be extended to Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas on December 31, 2018.Travellers from visa-exempt countries who are coming to Canada as tourists with a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will not be required to provide biometrics. For a full list of exemptions, please see the end of this article.The Government of Canada says the collection of biometrics will facilitate application processing and simplify entry into Canada for low-risk travellers.All travellers between the ages of 14 and 79 must provide biometric information, except in asylum cases, for which there is no upper age limit.