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Appointment biometrics (passport photo, fingerprints and signature)

​Why does the IND need my biometric information?

The IND needs your fingerprints, signature and your passport photo for your residence document. This biometric information will be taken at the IND Desk. Your passport photo will also be taken there.

Please note! Providing your biometrics at an IND Desk does not mean that you are automatically submitting an applying for a residence permit. 

  Do I have to take biometrics (again)?

  • Are you over 18 and did you already provide biometrics before (e.g. in the context of a previous application)? Normally, the IND does not need new biometrics. 

Are you a familymember of an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen and do you not have the nationality of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland? Then the IND needs new fingerprints with every application.

  • Is your child younger than 1 year? Then you have to have your child take a passport photo with a photographer and send it yourself by using the Appendix photo card.
    Is your child between 1 and 18 years old at the time of the application? Then your child must have a passport photo taken (again) at an IND desk.
    Has your child become 6, 12 or 18 years old since the previous application? Then a passport photo and fingerprints are taken  (again) at an IND counter.

EU/EER and Swiss citizens

Are you an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and are you applying for a residence document for permanent residence for EU citizens (Duurzaam verblijf)? Then the IND only needs a passport photo and signature. You can send both of these yourself by using the Appendix photo card.

When do I have to provide my biometrics?

Did you (or your sponsor) receive a letter (acknowledgement of receipt) from the IND in which it says for you to provide biometrics?  Please make an appointment online within 2 weeks after receiving the letter.

Where can I provide my biometrics?

You can choose at which IND Desk you would like to provide your biometrics.

For example: if you live in Rotterdam but the IND Desk The Hague has an earlier time slot available to provide biometrics, then you are free to schedule an appointment at the IND Desk in The Hague.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  • Your valid passport (or other travel document).

Are you providing biometrics for a child born in the Netherlands? Please bring one of the following:

  • Your (the parents) valid passport or residence document, and

  • The valid passport or (copy of) birth certificate/proof of registration at the municipality (BRP) of the child.

  • Your appointment code. You will receive this in an email confirmation when you make an appointment online.

  • Your (expired) residence document. Or the official report of loss or theft from the police (if your residence permit has been lost or stolen).
                            

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Costs

​You will not be charged for providing biometric information.

Children

What does the IND need for children?

Children under 6 years old:

  • A passport photo. This will be taken at the IND Desk. Is your child younger than 1 year? Then you have to have a passport photo taken by a photographer and send it yourself with the Appendix passport photo form.

Children from 6 to 11 years old:

  • A passport photo. This will be taken at the IND Desk.
  • Fingerprints. These will be taken at the IND Desk.

Children from 12 to 17 years old:

  • A passport photo. This will be taken at the IND Desk.
  • Fingerprints. These will be taken at the IND Desk.
  • Signature. Your child needs to provide a signature at the IND Desk.

Can children attend unaccompanied?

Providing biometric information abroad

Does your sponsor submit an application for a Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) for you in the Netherlands? Or do you submit an application for an mvv to the Dutch representation abroad? Then your biometrics will be taken at the Dutch representation abroad.

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​The IND has several locations in the Netherlands. Please check contact to find directions to the IND desks.

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