Biometric Data Collection
Visa processing process for applicants with biometrics
Mandatory collection of Biometric Data from the visa applicants has been deferred until further notice
Applicant fills his / her visa application online using the website click here.
Applicants will take online appointment to submit physical copy of the supporting document/s and provide biometrics for visa processing at IPVSC.
Based on the application dates relevant Applicants data can be pushed or pulled to the relevant IPVSC or consular office
Biometric (10 finger prints collected via a 4+4+2 scanner and photo captured by special facial cameras) information is collected for all Visa Applicants who tender their application in person and stored locally in the mission’s databases.
As per the approved scheme, Biometrics traits (Fingerprints and facial) of the visa applicants (exempted persons of age below 12 years or above 70 years ) will be captured at the time of submission of visa application at the IPVSC.
Biometric data collection
Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:
- Have hair that covers the eyes
- Wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below:
If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.
Henna/Mehndi on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image; hence this should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.
If you refuse to submit your biometrics and you are not subject to any exception according to GOI regulation (being under 12 years of age, being Head of State, etc.), your visa application will not be accepted.
Applicants who are under 12 years of age, and above 70 years of Age, persons incapable of providing consent, or those physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will only need to provide a facial photograph.
Frequently asked questions – biometrics enrolment program
What is biometrics enrolment for Visa?
This is a simple and discreet procedure completed and submitted along with your application form.
Who has to submit biometrics?
Foreign nationals, those are visiting India.
Why must I give my biometrics as part of my application?
Providing biometrics helps to protect the identities of genuine applicants. It is easier for individuals to prove their identity and their travel status. It helps the Government of India to tackle immigration abuse and identity fraud just to name a few.
Where can I complete this procedure?
You will be able to enrol your biometric information at the Visa Application Center after you submit your application.
What happens when I enrol my biometrics information?
Enrolling your biometric information is a quick and clean process. We use the photograph submitted to us on the application for a facial scan, capture the facial image and then you put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned - there is no ink or mess. We are aware of the need to protect the dignity, privacy and modesty of applicants, and there will be special arrangements for applicants where needed.
How long does it take?
The biometric enrolment process takes up to 10 minutes. There may be a short wait while we check your data.
What about any medical or physical conditions that may require special arrangements for the applicant?
If you or any dependents who are applying with you have a medical or physical condition which may require special arrangements to be made in order for your biometric features to be recorded, you must obtain a letter or other document giving the details of any such condition and enclose it with your application. Appropriate documentary evidence would be a letter from a treating clinician, such as a practicing doctor registered with the General Medical Council, giving details of the condition and/or special needs and explaining any arrangements that may be necessary.
What happens if I refuse to give my biometrics?
If an applicant fails to make arrangements to provide their biometrics their application will not be accepted.
Why do I have to be fingerprinted again when I gave my biometrics overseas as part of my visa/entry clearance application?
This is to verify that an individual making an application is the same person who applied for the visa overseas and who came through the border.
Where can I access more information?
You can get more information at the Visa Application Center.