First Biometrics Games ever

Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August 2012 & Paralympic Games 29 August – 9 September 2012

This will be the first Biometric Olympic Games. Normally, citizens of countries that require a visa to enter the UK provide their biometrics overseas as part of their visa application. However the Accreditation Card for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will act as a visa waiver for Games Family Members (GFM). The GFM may apply for a special Olympic visa, provide their biometrics voluntarily overseas or provide their biometrics at the border in a process which is both simple and swift to use for both GFM and Border Force Officer. We have started to capture biometrics from a few visa national GFMs and we expect numbers to rise significantly in the next few weeks and we have developed a process to deal with actionable adverse matches.

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