Biometric Data Collection

Biometric Enrolment - Frequently Asked Questions

Biometric Data Collection


Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

You should ensure that their fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (henna, for example), abrasions or other markings prior to providing their biometric data as these may affect their ability to provide acceptable finger-scans

Applicants who are physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will have to provide a medical certificate to support their claim.


  • What is biometrics 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 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, 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 to provide the applicant 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?
    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, etc.), your visa 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.
  • Are children below 12 years required to be present in person to lodge visa application at the visa application centre?
    No, it is not mandatory for children below 12 years to be present in person to lodge the application at the visa application centre. However, it is mandatory for both parents to attend the visa application centre to lodge the application as they are required to sign the form which will be provided only at the visa application centre.
  • Can children between the age group of 12 to 18 years lodge an application without any accompanying adult?
    No, children between the age group of 12 to 18 years are required to be accompanied either by a parent or by a guardian to lodge an application at the visa application centre. The accompanying adult is required to be present in the biometric booth at the time of biometric enrolment
  • Where can I access more information?
    You can get more information at the Visa Application Centre.

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