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Biometric data in Schengen visas

Biometric data in Schengen visas

In 2013 Denmark implemented the Visa Information System (VIS) which is a system for the exchange of visa data between the Schengen countries. The VIS contains biographic and biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa. Applicants therefore need to appear in person for the collection of the biometric identifiers: ten fingerprints and a photograph. Before the collection of the photograph, applicants may be asked to remove glasses or adjust head coverings if they hide facial features.

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:
• Children under the age of 12
• Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
• Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose.

The requirement of biometric data is part of the implementation of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS). For more information about VIS, fingerprints, data protection and legal background, please see Visa Information System (VIS) factsheet.

As per 1 July 2017 the following applies:

According to the amending act, an alien’s fingerprints and photograph (biometric features) will be stored for a longer period in a central register in Denmark managed by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the Danish Immigration Service and the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration for the purpose of identification and identity control.
This means, that with respect to applications for visa to Denmark, fingerprints and photographs (biometric features) recorded from 1 July 2017 for the purpose of applying for a visa to Denmark will be stored by the Danish authorities for 10 years or until the alien is granted Danish citizenship.

For more information please see information sheet here.

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