Trial biometric scans to commence for New Zealand Visa applicants

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 18 October 2010

The New Zealand Immigration department plans to incorporate biometric technology in its new immigration management system that is expected to cost more than $60 million.

Head of Immigration Nigel Bickle said it was working with Australian biometric firm Daon to evaluate whether the use of technology to capture biometric data at the visa application stage and again at the border would speed up passenger processing.

The trail will last 10-months and any decision to buy biometric systems would not be made for at least 12 months, he said.

"Any technologies adopted will have substantial privacy safe-guards, in accordance with New Zealand privacy laws."
The Immigration Act 2009, which will come into effect in November, allows the department to collect biometric data to verify identities and prevent immigration and visa fraud. 

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