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TL;DR: It's complicated, but for practical purposes, currently e-passports are read-only. Long version: The specification for e-passports contains two types of data. Dedicated Files (DF) are writable and is meant for storing visas and various authorizations in the future. However, this is currently not used, and most e-passports out there don't even ...


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Biometrics are now more than just fingerprints. Retina/iris scans, face recognition software etc are all being deployed where necessary in lieu of fingerprints. There are many people who don't have both hands and by extension their fingers however they are able to travel into countries like the USA which typically fingerprint visitors. From official ...


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You are a British Overseas Citizen (BOC) travelling on a BOC passport and you had difficulty clearing UK immigration controls. Ultimately you were issued leave to enter for 6 weeks. Based upon what you wrote, you applied for ILR and were refused and your refusal was accompanied by a removal notice which gave you the option of leaving voluntarily. When the ...


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No, height is not guaranteed to be present. British passports (I'm sure there are other countries too, but one counterexample seems to be enough for your purposes) do not contain the holder's height. See this sample (found on wikipedia) for an example. That only shows one page, but I am a British passport holder and can confirm first hand that my height ...


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We can't know that. The US and UK share plenty of information, and the full extent is still classified. If the US ever got that data, they may or may not have kept it. This may not help you, but others who read this should note how one lie a long time ago comes back to haunt you.


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My passport which is an EU one and has got the chip, but it has never worked yet. When landing in UK I still always choose the ePassport gate regardless. It takes about 2 minutes for the gate to realise that it can not read my passport, then person responsible for overseeing the gates will direct me to see the border control officer who will scan and ...


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Yes she can, provided she applies for it once she is in the UK. She can go one step ahead and Use the Online Premium (1 day) service. That is a new trial service and basic conditions are: You’ll apply online with a digital photo and book an appointment to collect your new passport from a passport office. You need to be 16 or older to use the service. You ...


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I have two passports, Australian and USA - neither has my height. My USA driving license did have my height, but my Australian doesn't - come to think of it, I don't think there's any government department in Australia that would have any clue how tall I am, and they definitely don't put it on any ID that they've given me! Heights can change a lot- even for ...


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It may depend on the country you're visiting, but in general the answer is no. Immigration rules typically apply to each traveler as a person, not to the document. Using different documents may make it more difficult for authorities to identify someone who has overstayed or entered improperly, but the fact that the traveler's periods of stay may be ...


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I made a quick search and found this answer in Quora website and I believe it could answer your question: You get fingerprints because of ridges in your fingers. Henna is just a paint/dye and your fingerprints don't get affected by it . But henna is not universally known and immigration officers from other countries may suspect it. There have been ...


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As Ukraine is not in the EU https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea according to Timatic you need a passport to enter https://www.timaticweb2.com/integration/external?ref=d975cfc59f5c0abd06d16e872198110b&clear=true BRPs must be returned to the Home Office within 5 working days of getting your certificate of British citizenship, you can be fined up to £1,000 for not ...


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I've had a malfunctioning barcode passport (those pre-biometric hologrammed ones) for 10 years. Basically ever since I first got the passport I was unable to successfully scan it anywhere I went. During that timespan I travelled many countries, including and not limited to the US, India and Australia, and it never worked. What happens in case the automatic ...


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No, fingerprint are "optional". Sometime it is not possible to take them, or some people have not very distinctive fingerprints (as measured on common devices). So there is alternate ways to check identity. Note: it is also possible that the biometric passport don't contain the fingerprints, for the above reason. Note: it is not the easier method to pass ...


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Is it a good idea to apply for a British passport? This depends on whether you want to travel to the UK (especially for long periods of time) after it leaves the freedom of movement regime, or to another jurisdiction where British citizens enjoy fewer requirements than Italian citizens. A cursory check of Wikipedia suggests that no such jurisdiction exists,...


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From the New Zealand government passport application form: WARNING Once your passport application has been received, your old passport will be cancelled immediately and cannot be used for travel. Anyone attempting to travel on a cancelled passport will be refused travel. The process is still the same as countries that require the physical ...


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The USA only started to install software to read chip data in the APC kiosks at select airports a few months ago, and first equipped CBP officers' desks with similar software even fewer months ago at JFK (see this article/press release), so it might be a little early to have heard what happens when the passport chip doesn't work or the facial recognition ...


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As luck may have it, I've found such a system after posting my question. Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS) was an initiative, launched in 2004 to provide automated clearance through UK immigration for certain frequent travellers. It functioned in "one-to-all" identification mode, searching a large database of some million enrolled frequent ...


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The RFID chip in a biometric passport can be convinced to communicate all the data stored therein if the right keys are provided to it. Note it’s not a matter of downloading encrypted data from the chip and then having a go at it with decryption tools of some kind; the communication with the chip is bi-directional and authentication has to be provided first. ...


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If you have a Nexus card, this is how you enter the US from Canada, or Canada from anywhere. You go to a machine, push a few buttons, look into the lens so your iris can be recognized, and are given a little receipt which you can show people as you leave the area. You are supposed to carry your Nexus card (and it saves you from having to carry your passport) ...


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The passport number is not the only data point that countries can use to match an individual. Among other points that can be used are name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, all of which appear on the passport and together can uniquely identify pretty much anyone on earth, as well as biometrics (when available). In addition to demographics, they can ...


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Probably the official answer is that each adult should use the lane appropriate to her circumstances. That said, in practicality, in the US and elsewhere, a small group of two or three may stay together and use the fastest line. By a small group, I mean perhaps an adult citizen with his alien parent, someone travelling with a disabled person using a fast ...


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Yes, they have access to your travel history, or at least you should assume that they do. Biometric passports do not store travel history in any form other than stamps on the page. In other words, immigration authorities do not write data to the chip in the passport when you use it. The country may, however, have stored records of your travels in their ...


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When you get a new passport with a new number, how do immigration authorities track your previous trips to some particular country? Other information in the passport, possibly including fingerprints or facial recognition. Even without those, ... Is it just about your full name? No. There is also the date of birth. Many countries' passports also have ...


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Immigration rules are about you as a person. Changing your name does not make you a different person. Different countries might be good or bad at identifying people who change their names and travel on new passports as being people who have visited before. However, we don't give advice about how to break the law or how likely you are to get caught if you do ...


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These are just my guesses as a system developer working with fraud detection. Since the e-Gates are using the image (stored in the chip) in your passport, two people having faces looking almost the same and going through the gates so soon after each other should trigger a warning. To solve this you could do plastic surgery or maybe use different flights so ...


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Some countries do issue multiple passports to their citizens, if and when the citizen has a good enough reason (in their opinion). But using an invalid passport, stamped or not, is a very bad idea. So the question would be, at which point in the renewal process does your government invalidate the old passport? If they instruct you not to use it any more, ...


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All state services related to passports (and much more) can be done on the Web site of the State Migration Service Of Ukraine, https://dmsu.gov.ua/ Basically, requests to issue/renew both the ID and the International Passport are the first two services they offer (highlighted by mine). Caveat: Make sure the language selector in the top right corner is set ...


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Passports conforming to the ICAO doc 9303 specification use a smart card conforming to ISO 7816, which is very broadly speaking not just a storage device, but rather a miniature computer. It is possible to restrict read or write access to parts of its storage to only properly authenticated entities. Looking at the relevant part of the specification (parts ...


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I would venture that this is a disappearing information. I remember that it was common on some European passports (in the 80's, 90's), now it is going away (gone for some). I believe this is the same information as with eye color - one extra bit of identification when there was no biometrics and the border officer had to do their best to match the person in ...


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