Your biometric data (fingerprints and a digital live photograph) will be collected during your appointment at the Visa Application Centre.
The data will remain valid for 59 months. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to provide these data.
Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months before your current visa application? Then someone else can submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person.
Please note: when submitting your application at the Visa Application Centre, it is not possible to verify if your biometric data were indeed previously stored in the system. Therefore, it is possible that you will be invited to come and submit them at a later date. You may also be invited for an interview on an individual basis.
Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
Along with your fingerprints we will also be scanning a photograph that you submitted at the time of visa submission. Your photograph must be taken according to ICAO standard. For more information on photographs, please click here.
If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.
If you have a temporary decoration, you should advise the Visa Application Centre when booking your appointment to determine whether a scan will be possible.
If you refuse to submit your biometrics and you are not subject to any exception according to EU regulation (being under 12 years of age, being Head of State et cetera) your visa application will not be accepted.
Applicants who are under 12 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.
If an applicant is between 12 to 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian will be asked to give consent and be present when biometrics is collected.
What is biometric enrolment for Visa?
This is a simple and discreet procedure completed and submitted along with your application form.
Who has to apply for the Biometrics?
Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area visiting the Schengen countries
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 Schengen countries tackle immigration abuse and identity fraud just to name a few.
Where can I complete this procedure?
You will be able to enroll your biometric information at the Visa Application Centre after you submit your application.
What happens when I enroll my biometric 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, 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 5 minutes. There may be a short wait while we check your data.
What about any medical or physical conditions that may require that the applicant be provided with special arrangements?
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?
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?
More information about how the biometric data is used, is given here. You can also get more information at the Visa Application Centre.