Get your fingerprints and a photo of your face taken (biometrics)


When you meet at the police station to hand in your application for a residence permit, travel document or visa, you must submit your fingerprints and a photo of your face if you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA.

If you are applying for a residence permit, you must also provide an electronic signature, which will be saved. Below you will find an overview of what you must submit to the police, based on the type of application and your age.

Biometric characteristics are unique to you as an individual and at the same time permanent and stable characteristics. Biometric personal information is used to verify your identity.

How do the police use the information?

When the police save your fingerprints and the photo of your face, these are stored in the immigration register. Once the fingerprints and the photo have been stored, the police can search this register to see if you have been registered before. After your case has been processed, the police can reuse the information we have stored about you. This means that in many cases the police can order a residence card without you having to make a new appointment at the police station. When your case has been processed, you will be informed whether you must meet at the police station again or not.

Overview of requirements for biometric characteristics for different kinds of applications

  • Residence card

  • Visa

  • Asylum

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