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Immigration: Biometrics

Question for Home Office

UIN 133154, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of allowing biometric information submitted as part of a person’s previous immigration application to be reused in further applications.

Answered on

11 January 2021

The Home Office published Covid-19 guidance on 3 September 2020 setting out biometric reuse measures that were introduced to support UKVI customers adversely affected by the pandemic. The guidance sets out the circumstances under which reusable biometrics can be reused and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-biometric-enrolment-reuse-and-evidencing-status

We are developing plans to enable us to widen the reuse of previously enrolled fingerprint biometrics, while maintaining public safety. The capability to reuse previously enrolled fingerprint biometrics will help us to reduce the need for foreign nationals to attend an office to provide their fingerprints every time they make an immigration application. However, foreign nationals will still be required to provide their latest facial image.

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Home Office