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To Travel Schengen States - Biometric Is Mandotary

30 Oct 2015


Immigration News

26 Schengen nations are going to introduce the visa information system in India from November 2nd as part of which the applicants for short term visa would have to provide Bio-Metric data by appearing in person at the consulates of the European states.

A European Union statement in this regards have said that the move which has already has been introduced in Africa, the middle east, the Americas, Turkey Eastern Europe and East Asia among other would help streamline visa application as well as help in protecting the applicants against the identity theft and visa shopping.

Fingerprints are widely used within the EU as a secure means of identification. The Use of biometric data for identification is a faster and more accurate way to identify a visa holder by the border police, the statement said. The biometric data does include impressions of fingerprints and digital photographs. The procedure for the collection of biometric identifiers is quick, simple and also discreet, the European Union has said. 

The children who are aged below 12 years and individuals for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically have been exempted from the obligation of fingerprinting. It is said in the subsequent applications within 5 years, the biometric data would be copied thus facilitating the rapid examination and efficient processing of the visa application for regular travelers.

There would be no changes for national long stay visas or in other current procedures for the short stay such as visa fee or forms.

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