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Biometric Visas

Personal Attendance

All visa applications must be submitted in person, even if you have previously had your biometrics recorded for a Schengen visa. It is not possible to mail in your application to VFS Global or the Royal Danish Embassy.


The Visa Information System (VIS)

On May 15 2014 all Schengen missions in Canada implemented the Visa Information System (VIS):

The VIS database contains biographic and biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa and is used to exchange visa data between the Schengen States.

What is biometric data?
A biometric is a measurement of a physical characteristic of an individual which, when captured in a database, can be used to verify the identity of the person or as a check against previous/other entries. The most common known biometric is the fingerprint, although facial recognition and iris scans are also done. For Schengen visas, the biometric identifiers are the applicant’s digital photo, digital signature and 10 electronic fingerprints.

Collection of biometrics:
You have to be physically present to give your biometrics, if you are applying for a biometric visa for the first time. It is a simple and discreet procedure which only takes a few minutes and the collected data will be stored in a secure central database for almost 5 years (59 months).

Repeat applicants (whose biometrics is already stored in VIS):
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 the previous dossier has been damaged or there is doubt as to the identity of the applicant, in which case the applicant will be asked to submit new fingerprints. The applicant must always indicate on the application form (box 27) when he or she last had his/her fingerprints taken.
Repeat applicants, whose fingerprints are currently in VIS, must still submit their application in person at one of the VFS Global application centres.

Applicants exempt from giving fingerprints:
• 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.
• 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;
• children under the age of 12 years (i.e. children that are 12 years of age minus 1 day
• old);
• persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible