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Why do I have to give my biometrics (fingerprints and photo) when I apply?

Biometrics are your fingerprints and photo. Most people have to give biometrics when they apply for any of the following:

  • a visitor visa
  • a study permit
  • a work permit
  • a visitor visa, work or study permit extension
  • a temporary resident permit
  • permanent residence

We collect your biometrics so we can establish and confirm your identity. This information is also used to help assess your application.

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