Biometric Data Collection

All applicants applying for a Schengen visa must submit biometric data - ten fingerprints and a photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is an IT system that allows the Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to facilitate the visa application procedures and control at external borders of the Schengen Area, as well as to improve safety.

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In order to provide their biometric data, all applicants must come to Visa Application Centre of Norway (or mission) the first time they apply for a visa. Visa applicants will in principle only have to come to the Visa Application Centre (or mission) for the collection of fingerprints every 59 months. For subsequent applications, the fingerprints may be copied from the previous application file unless there is reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant.

It is important to note that if for some reason fingerprints are not found in VIS, the applicant must appear in person to provide new fingerprints within the 59-month period.

Applicants can ask for their fingerprints to be taken every time they apply for a visa:

  • In order to avoid prolonging processing time of the application if fingerprints are not found in VIS for some reason.
  • For security reasons - to confirm the identity of the applicant.
  • If applicant does not remember when fingerprints were taken last time or is not sure if fingerprints have been taken before.

Exemptions from the biometrics data collection

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Persons whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
  • Heads of State and members of the national government with members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.

Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:

  • Have hair that covers the eyes
  • 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. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.