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finger print for visa

i see that europe has need to fingerprint you for visa..
http://www.diplomatie.be/newyork/default.asp?id=140&mnu=140

is this only for belgium or for all nations?

what is the purpose? is it really beneficial to go to that extent?
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TlingitCommented:
It appears Australia has a similiar program.  It could have it pros and cons.  According to Australia's reasons for doing this is to "reduce fraud and integrity risks."  I doubt this will happen here in the U.S. due to our laws but one will never know because anything could happen.

http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/biometrics/_pdf/biometrics-factsheet.pdf
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25112Author Commented:
is there any example where frauds are caught because of finger prints- especially on a application for visa?
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Mujtaba_Alam_KhanCommented:
This is something new. I know that fingerprints are taken for a person entering a country. In many countries. I think its same thing. So when you enter a country they take fingerprints again, so there is no fraud (just like Tlingit).

> is there any example where frauds are caught because of finger prints- especially on a application for visa? <

There probably isn't example of that yet but there are many examples of people traveling on someone else identity or forged passports.

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>  I doubt this will happen here in the U.S. due to our laws <

Actually this is possible. For a visa to the U.S they do take fingerprints and even a photo image. Now its required to have a biometric passport for U.S visa. I don't know about Europe though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometric_passport

-Muj ;-|
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25112Author Commented:
thanks.
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