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Biometric Data Collection

As of 12 October 2015 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.

Therefore, as of 12 October 2015 all visa applicants will have to appear in person at the Greece Visa Application Center, when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints. For subsequent applications within 59 months, the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.

ADS applicants will submit their visa applications via ADS-accredited travel agencies, but they will have to appear in person at the Visa Application Centre for the collection of their fingerprints, if submitting an application for the first time. For subsequent applications within 59 months, the fingerprints can be copied from the previous file in the VIS. It is imperative that ADS-accredited travel agencies book an appointment by email to Greece Visa Application Center in Beijing (infopek.grcn@vfshelpline.com)/(infopek.grcn@vfshelpline.in) Xi’an (infojvac.chinaxian@vfshelpline.com)/(infojvac.chinaxian@vfshelpline.in) Chongqing (infojvac.chongqingchina@vfshelpline.com)/(infojvac.chongqingchina@vfshelpline.in) Chengdu (Infojvac.chengduchina@vfshelpline.com)/(Infojvac.chengduchina@vfshelpline.in) Shenyang (infojvac.shenyangchina@vfshelpline.com)/(infojvac.shenyangchina@vfshelpline.in) Wuhan (infojvac.wuhanchina@vfshelpline.com)/(infojvac.wuhanchina@vfshelpline.in) Changsha (infojvac.changshachina@vfshelpline.com)/(infojvac.changshachina@vfshelpline.in) Kumming (infojvac.kunmingchina@vfshelpline.com) or phone, providing basic information on the number of travelers and the preferred date and time for the collection of biometric data. Please click here to see the process of ADS application submission in detail.

It should be noted that if for some reason fingerprints are not found in the VIS, the applicant will have to appear in the Visa Application Centre to have his fingerprints collected. .

Applicants may request the collection of their fingerprints each time when applying for a visa.

In order to avoid prolonging processing time of their application, in cases where their fingerprints, for some reason, may not be found in VIS.
For security reasons - to confirm the identity of the applicant.
If the applicant does not remember whether fingerprints were collected within the last 59 months or is not sure if fingerprints have ever been collected before.

Children under the age of 12 and persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible are exempted from the requirement to give fingerprints.

Visas issued before 12 October 2015 are valid through their period of validity without biometric data.