Effective September 14th 2015 all applicants submitting documents for Schengen visa have to provide fingerprint-based biometrics. Owing to each applicant must appear in person at the authorized visa application centers.
The biometric data can be recorded only by the diplomatic missions or authorized visa centers of the Schengen states. The biometrics are valid for five years for any subsequent visa for entry in any Schengen country.
The following categories of applicants are exempt from providing the fingerprints:
1) Children under the age of 12;
2) Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible (on medical grounds);
3) Heads of State or Government and members of a national Government with accompanying spouses, and members of a their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ Governments or by international organizations for an official purpose;
4) Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by member states’ governments or by international organization’s for an official purpose.
All visas issued previously are valid until the date of expiry.
The Consulate reserves the right to request for fingerprints to be recorded again even if the fingerprints are submitted at any Representative of Schengen country the last five years.