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Biometrics (passport photo, fingerprints and signature)

When you get your residence permit, the IND will take your fingerprints. These are needed to make a residence document (card). This does not apply to EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. A passport photo and signature are also needed for the residence document.

Why biometric details?

The IND uses the passport photo, your signature and your fingerprints to make your residence document. It is therefore important that you issue this information as soon as you can. Below you can read when you have to have your passport photo and fingerprints taken.

If you do have a passport photo taken (or when you do not hand it in), not have your fingerprints taken and have not given your signature, the IND cannot make a residence document for you.

Passport photo, signature and fingerprints abroad

The sponsor has submitted an application for you in the Netherlands, mvv required

When you have a positive decision, you can collect the mvv from the Dutch representation abroad. Upon collecting the mvv, please take 1 new passport photo with you. This photo has to be in accordance with the requirements for photos for Dutch passports. Inform at your embassy where locally you can have the passport photo taken that meets the Dutch requirements. An employee at the embassy takes your fingerprints and you will place your signature. 

The sponsor has submitted an application for you in the Netherlands, mvv not required

Do you not require an mvv? Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you go to an IND desk. The IND staff member will take your fingerprints and a passport photo of you. You also give your signature. You do not have to make an appointment for this.

You have submitted an application to the Dutch representation abroad

Upon submitting the mvv application, please take 1 new passport photo with you. This photo has to be in accordance with the requirements for photos for Dutch passports. Inform at your embassy where locally you can have the passport photo taken that meets the Dutch requirements. An employee at the embassy takes your fingerprints and you will place your signature. 

Passport photo, signature and fingerprints in the Netherlands

You are in the Netherlands and you are not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen

  • Did you submit the application by post or online? After you have received the confirmation letter, you visit an IND desk within 2 weeks. The IND staff member will take fingerprints and a passport photo of you. You do not have to make an appointment for this.
    Did you fill in on the application form that you will collect your residence permit at an expat center? You can also go to the expat center to have your passport photo and fingerprints taken. Do this within 2 weeks after receiving the confirmation letter. Contact the expat center to make an appointment.
  • Are you submitting the application to the IND desk? The IND staff member will then take fingerprints and a passport photo of you. You can only do this by first making an appointment.

Have you already given your fingerprints and/or had a passport photo taken after 1 March 2014?
You do not need to provide these again. If the previously provided passport photo and/or fingerprints are insufficient in quality, the IND may invite you again.

You are in the Netherlands and you have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland

You do not have to give fingerprints. The residence document will, however, be provided with your passport photo and your signature. There are 2 ways to give your passport photo and your signature:

  • You have a passport photo made of you and you use the Appendix passport photo form.You do not need to visit the IND desk.
  • You visit the IND desk. You do not have to make an appointment for this.

Family members of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen who do not have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland cannot make use of the passport photo form. They go to the IND desk. You can only do this by first making an appointment.

Exceptions for children

Fingerprints and passport photo

Children under the age of 6 do not have to give fingerprints. However, a passport photo is still needed. You can bring your child younger than 6 years to an IND desk to have a passport photo taken. You may also make use of the Appendix passport photo form.

Has your child already given his fingerprints and/or passport photo after 1 March 2014?
He then does not need to provide these again, except when he has reached the age of 6, 12 or 18 in the meantime. If the previously provided passport photo and/or fingerprints are insufficient in quality, the IND may invite your child again.

Signature

Your child of 12 years or older must place his signature himself. Children younger than 12 years do not need to provide a signature. The parent or legal guardian must give the signature.

Appendix Passport Photo Form

The Appendix Passport Photo Form may only be used for children under the age of 6 and by EU/EEA and Swiss citizens.

You place your signature and stick a passport photo on the Appendix Passport Photo Form. Please make sure the photo is properly attached. You enclose the Appendix Passport Photo Form with the application.
The same conditions apply to a passport photo meant for your residence document as for a passport photo that is to be placed in a Dutch passport. If a passport photo does not meet the conditions, it cannot be used. If you send a wrong passport photo, you will have to wait longer for your residence permit. Please be advised to make use of a professional photographer. He knows which conditions the passport photo has to meet.