India: Biometrics Requirement Introduced in Austria and San Francisco

According to a change in practice, foreign nationals seeking Indian visas in Austria will be required to visit an Indian visa application centre to submit an Indian visa application on or after January 23, 2017.

Additionally, foreign nationals filing in-person Indian visa applications in San Francisco must appear for biometrics at an Indian visa application centre and must secure an appointment prior to visiting the application centre.

Additionally, foreign nationals filing in-person Indian visa applications in San Francisco must appear for biometrics at an Indian visa application centre and must secure an appointment prior to visiting the application centre.

Exemptions

Postal and third-party submissions are still being accepted by Indian visa application centres in San Francisco. Those following such processes are not subject to the biometrics requirement.

Applicants below 12 years or above 70 years of age or with poor/no fingerprints are exempt from the biometrics requirement. Applicants holding Official/Diplomatic/United Nations passports will also be exempt.

Background

As part of the Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) project launched in December 2015, biometrics will be implemented across other Indian Missions in phases. This is in line with efforts to enhance security within the Indian immigration environment. The most recent implementation of biometrics was in the United Kingdom.

What This Means for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals seeking Indian visas in Austria and San Francisco will be subject to an extra administrative hurdle for their applications.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK