The biometric visa requires the digital scanning of your ten fingers and a picture. Accordingly, all visa applicants, except children under 12 years old, regardless of the type of visa sought, are required to appear in person in front of the competent visa officer.

By securing the applicant’s identification, biometry will facilitate and therefore accelerate the controls of passengers at their arrival in the Schengen Space (these data, once collected, are immediately transfered to the Immigration authorities).

What is a Biometric Visa ?

The implementation of biometrics requires the digitization of :

- The visa applicant’s face :
The Consulate-general directly will take your picture at the desk using a digital camera or will scan the picture you provided in your file (please check the photograph requirements).

- The visa applicant’s fingerprints :
This measure consists in digitizing the 10 fingerprints with an appropriate equipment.

How are fingerprints taken ?

The process takes 5 to 10 minutes on average. Fingers must be carefully positionned horizontally and slightly pressed on the scanner’s window in order to optimise fingerprints digitization.

The whole process is in 3 steps :

- 1. Digitization of the right hand’s 4 fingers


- 2. Digitization of the left hand’s 4 fingers


- 3. Digitization of the 2 thumbs



At the arrival at the border, the Immigration Officer will invite the passenger to put its fingers to a sensor. The figerprints will then be immediately compared to the ones recorded when the application was lodged.

In case of a negative match, the Immigration Authorities will proceed to a second check called « identification » which consists into searching the passenger’s 10 fingerprints into the central database.

- Persons whose fingerprints have been collected for the purpose of applying for a visa within the previous 59 months will not have to give fingerprints again unless there are doubts in the case. The applicant must always indicate on the application form when he or she last had his/her fingerprints taken and provide copies of the previous granted Schengen visas.


I do not hold a biometric passport, can I still apply for a visa ?

Yes. It is not necessary to hold a biometric passport to lodge an application.

What is biometrics enrollment 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.

It is also a mean to accelerate controls at arrival.

Where can I complete this procedure?

You will be able to enroll your biometric information at the Consulate general of France when applying for you visa with a prior appointment.

What happens when I enroll 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.

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 dependants 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 Consulate general of France, 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 an applicant fails to make arrangements to provide their biometrics the visa application will not be processed .

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.

Dernière modification : 30/12/2015

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