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Biometric data for United Kingdom visas

UK Visas and Immigration collect biometric data from visa applicants who intend to travel to the United Kingdom.

All United Kingdom visa applicants are now required to provide finger scans and a full-face digital photograph as part of the application process.

Immigration New Zealand acts as a collection agent for biometric data on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (formerly United Kingdom Border Agency).

Immigration New Zealand is simply acting as a collection agent and has no involvement in the United Kingdom entry clearance process. We do not use or copy the information collected.

Further information is available at the UK Visas and Immigration website. You can also reach them by phone or email. 

UK Visas and Immigration

Complaints about the service should be directed to the UK Visas and Immigration complaints procedure.

Complaints procedure

COVID-19 response: biometric collection services have resumed

Biometric data collection services are operating at our Porirua and Christchurch branches.

Biometric data collection services were suspended at our Manukau branch while Auckland was at Alert Level 3 but have resumed as of 18 February. Please contact UK Visas and Immigration if you have any queries about your appointment.

UK Visas and Immigration