From 25 September 2014, biometric procedures have been introduced by Schengen Countries (*). As of 25 September 2014 The Visa Information System (VIS) which is in use by Schengen countries has been also launched in Turkey. The VIS is aimed to simplify the visa application process and border control procedures as well as fighting the counterfeit of documents and theft of identity.

 

Biometric enrolment consists of mandatory fingerprinting for all passport categories. Foreign Missions must collect biometric data – fingerprinting of ten fingers - and biometric photograph from all visa applicants. Consequently, all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, shall be required to present themselves at the Consulate General of Greece in  Istanbul, Izmir or Greek Embassy in Ankara at the time of their visa application.

 

(*)[1]Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

 

The following categories of applicants are exempted from the requirement to provide fingerprints:

 
  • • Children under the age of 12; (are not required to apply personally)
  • • People 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.
  • • 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 organizations for an official purpose;
  • • Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organizations for an official purpose.
 

Information on Biometric Procedures

 

Biometrics will be collected using discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner and a live digital photograph will be taken at the time of application.

 

You should ensure that 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 the biometric data as these may affect the ability to provide acceptable finger-scans or photographs. Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken. With exception of religious head covering, you cannot; have hair that covers the eyes or wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below).

 

If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks.

If possible both ears should also be displayed.

 

If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.

 

If the biometric data (VIS) was not collected in the last 59 months by any of the Schengen countries you will be required to apply in person. If the application is being made by a third party, authorisation letter must be notarised and submitted at the time of application being made.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Visa Information System (VIS)
 
> What is biometrics enrolment and how is done?

It is a simple and discreet procedure of taking your finger print and a digital photograph at the time of submitting your visa application.

 

> 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.

 

> Where can I complete my biometric Enrolment ?

You will be able to enrol your biometric information at the Visa Application Center after you submit your application. For further information you can call our Call Centre on +90 850 474 2021.

 

> What happens when I enrol my Biometrics information?

Enrolling your biometric information is a quick and clean process. We take your digital photograph, then you put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned – No ink is used. We are aware of the need to protect your data and to provide privacy biometrics will be taken in biometrics booths.

> How long does it take?

The biometric enrolment process takes about 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 dependents 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 clinic, such as a practicing doctor registered with the General Medical Council, 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 their application will be rejected.

 

> Do children below 12 years are required to be present in person to lodge visa application at the Visa Application Centre?

No.

 

> Can children between the age group of 12 to 18 years lodge an application without any accompanying adult?

No, children between the age group of 12 to 18 years are required to accompany either parent or legal guardian to lodge an application at the visa application centre. The accompanying adult is required to be present in the biometric booth at the time of biometric enrolment.

 

> Where can I access more information?

You can get more information at the Visa Application Centre.

 

> 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.