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Biometric data appointment

Before your residence permit can be issued, the Dutch immigration department (IND) needs to record your biometric data. Schedule your biometric data appointment as early as possible.

What is biometric data?

Biometric data consists of your fingerprints and digital photo. The Dutch Immigration Department (IND) can only issue your residence permit once it has recorded this data. 

Who needs to make an appointment?

You need to schedule a biometric data appointment if:

  • you have requested a residence permit via Leiden University, but not an entry visa. Schedule your appointment for as soon as possible after arrival in the Netherlands.
    Note: If you also requested an entry visa, your biometric data will be recorded at the Dutch consulate when you collect your visa.

  • you already have a Dutch residence permit but have requested an extension or new permit via Leiden University. Schedule your appointment after submitting your residence permit request to Leiden University.

How do I make a biometric data appointment?

  • Start of the semester: Special student biometric sessions are organised at the IND office in The Hague. You can sign up via this page soon (link to follow here shortly).  
  • Other dates and locations: Check the options on the IND webpage. Note that due to corona measures there are currently limited appointments available. You are therefore advised to sign up for the special student sessions mentioned above if possible. 

What happens after my appointment?

A few weeks after your appointment, you will receive an invitation to collect your student residence permit, either in Leiden or The Hague. 

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