New Zealand is all set to introduce a new identity management system, which will see visa applicants’ details being matched using an automated programme.
Known as IDme, the system lets applicants’ photographs and fingerprint data to be captured online and verified automatically against personal information that is already present with Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
Expatforum.com quotes New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse as saying that IDme was a major move in their ability to guard against identity fraud perpetuated by people not belonging to New Zealand. This transition to online visa applications implies that the country requires balancing the increased convenience that is brought with extra risk control, said Woodhouse.
The programme would be released in two phases. In the first, automated matching of all personal information, facial photographs and fingerprints would be powered. The second release, which would be in the final quarter of the year, would allow complete matching of all applicant photos.
IDme is the latest in a set of customer-centric business enhancements being undertaken by Immigration New Zealand. Henceforth, visa applicants can apply online for work, study and visit visas, besides it lets INZ’s third-party partners such as immigration consultant and legal experts to file online visa applications on their clients’ behalf.
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