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Biometric Capturing

Under the Visa Information System (VIS), mandatory fingerprinting is introduced for all passport categories. Consular sections are obliged to collect biometric data – fingerprinting of ten fingers - from all visa applicants. Consequently, all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, shall be required to present themselves at the at the CKGS Italy Visa Application Centre in Dubai at the time of their visa application.

The following categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to provide fingerprints (Article 13(7) of the Visa Code):

(a) children under the age of 12.
(b) persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible. If the fingerprinting of fewer than 10 fingers is possible, the maximum number of fingerprints shall be taken. However, should the impossibility be temporary, the applicant shall be required to give the fingerprints at the following application. The authorities competent in accordance with Article 4(1), (2) and (3) shall be entitled to ask for further clarification of the grounds for the temporary impossibility. Member States shall ensure that appropriate procedures guaranteeing the dignity of the applicant are in place in the event of there being difficulties in enrolling;
(c) heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;
(d) sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

Basic Procedure

Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner. Submission Officer will ensure that their fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (henna, for example), abrasions or other markings, and that any facial cuts and bruises have healed or disappeared prior to providing their biometric data as these may affect their ability to provide acceptable finger-scans and photographs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Visa Information System (VIS)

Q.1. What is biometrics enrollment for Visa?
Q.2. Who has to apply for the Biometrics?
Q.3. How long does it take?
Q.4. Why do I have to be fingerprinted again when I gave my biometrics overseas as part of my visa/entry clearance application?
Q.5. Can children between the age group of 12 to 18 years lodge an application without any accompanying adult?