Fingerprinting, What changes

Starting May the 15th 2014, the Visa Information System (VIS) will begin to be applied in the consular offices of all the Schengen States with the aim to enhance security.

As a result, all* applicants are required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and digital photograph) by a simple procedure.

Data will be recorded in the VIS central database, in accordance with the highest data protection standards, for a maximum of 5 (five) years and, during this period, they will be copied from the VIS database for subsequent visa applications.

  • The VIS will have an effect on visa processing time, and we will no longer be able to issue an visa on the same day
  • With the exception of nationalities that require a 2-3 weeks processing time, visas will now be issued on the next business day after your appointment at the visa section.
  • Applicants will be allowed to return to the visa section between 4 pm and 4:30 pm – past the pick up hour window, no one will be allowed in under any circumstances
  • As an option, applicants may leave a self addressed express mail prepaid envelop along with their passport if they do not wish to return to the visa section to pick up their visa.

* Exemptions from the fingerprints requirement are provided for :

- National visa requests (studies, works…)
- Children under the age of twelve
- Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible
- Heads of state and members of the Nations Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegations when they are invited by member state’s governments or by international organizations for an official purpose
- Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by member state’s Governments or by international organizations for an official purpose.

Last modified on 16/03/2016

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