FB pixel

The UK digitizes a key biometric visa application process in Hong Kong with selfie matching

The UK digitizes a key biometric visa application process in Hong Kong with selfie matching

Continuing in its commitment to protect Hong Kong natives facing Chinese political repression, the UK government has made it easier for holders of biometric passports to apply for the British National (Overseas) visa.

The UK has digitized the process of applying for the coveted BN(O) visa, which could offer a way out of the tiny former British colony if Beijing continues to undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Using a new app, Hongkongers who have a BN(O) visa as well as eligible family members who also hold that visa (or two other specialized British visas) now can send their biometric data electronically to verify their identity, rather than having to attend a Visa Application Centre in person.

The app prompts the user to perform a face scan for comparison against the biometric image contained on the passport chip. iProov is providing its face biometrics for immigration processes through mobile apps as a party to a multi-year deal signed with the UK Home Office in 2018.

The app is called UK Immigration: ID Check, and it verifies that the document holder’s identity and that the document belongs to the applicant. Those using the software take a photo of their passport’s picture page and scan the document’s chip using their Android or iPhone to extract biometric data.

The UK has published tips on how to apply for the UK Immigration: ID Check.

Aside from being a debatable check on Chinese takeover ambitions, UK government officials say the move is another step toward completely digitizing their overall immigration procedures. Those steps also include the launch of an app for biometric identity verification for visa applications last year.

China ceased recognizing the BN(O) as a legitimate travel credential just weeks ago.

Related Posts

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


Facewatch, Met police face lawsuits after facial recognition misidentification

Biometric security company Facewatch, which provides facial recognition software to shops across the UK, is facing a lawsuit after its…


Call for bids on Dominican Republic biometric passport deal closes today

The Dominican Republic’s General Directorate of Passports (DGP) is seeking digital identity service providers to acquire, install and maintain new…


Who is looking out for your data? Security in an era of wide-spread breaches

By Vince Graziani, CEO, Idex Biometrics While some of the biggest businesses in the world now rely heavily on data, concern…


ITL’s Alerts App expands biometric portfolio to integrated venue management

Businesses from every sector all face access control challenges to ensure the security and safety of their staff and customers….


Best biometrics use cases become clearer as ecosystems mature

Biometrics are for digital identity, socio-economic development, air travel and remote identity verification, but not public surveillance, the most-read news…


UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner role survives as DPDI fails

UK parliament will not pass data protection legislation during the current session, following the announcement of the general election in…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events