Biometric Data Collection

As of 2 November 2015, pursuant to Decision 2004/512 / EC of 8 June 2004 establishing the Visa Information System, the Visa Information System (VIS or Visa Information System) will be deployed in Sri Lanka.

The VIS is intended to enable all the countries members of the Schengen area to better fight against illegal migration, facilitate checks at the external borders of Europe while continuing to simplify visa procedures.

For the visa applicants, this progress is major since their biometric data collected when filing an initial application into the VIS will be stored and can be reused for 5 years.

The personal and confidential data of the visa applicants will be collected through a collection device fulfilling optimal protection standards and will be for the exclusive use of authorized services of France and its European Schengen partners.

By consequence, the personal appearance of the applicants becomes optional for a subsequent application and they will have the possibility to be represented by a third party when filing their applications at our provider VFS.

Up to date, nearly 17 million visa applications were recorded in the European database VIS.

The visa section of the Embassy would like to reassure all the persons subject to visa requirements to France * by stating that the next connection to the VIS will not cause disruption to the current processing time for visa applications.

Information relating to the collection of biometric data of applicants are available on the website of VFS , under " Biometric data collection ".

For more information, thanks for consulting the VIS brochures

No 1. The Visa Information System (VIS)
No 2. The Visa Information System (VIS passport)

* The Embassy of France presents also Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Monaco.

Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a face scan with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

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.

If you refuse to submit your biometric data, your visa application cannot be processed.

Applicants who are under 12 years of age, persons incapable of providing consent, or those physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will only need to provide a facial photograph.

If an applicant is incapable or less than 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian will be asked to give consent and be present when biometrics is collected.

This is a simple and discreet procedure completed and submitted along with your application form.

Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area visiting the Schengen countries

Providing biometrics helps to protect the identities of genuine applicants. It is easier for individuals to prove their identity and their travel status. It helps the Schengen countries tackle immigration abuse and identity fraud just to name a few.

You will be able to enroll your biometric information at the Visa Application Center after you submit your application. Please visit the website ( or call our helpline (+9411 2350620) for more information.

Enrolling your biometric information is a quick and clean process. We use the photograph submitted to us on the application for a facial scan, then you put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned - there is no ink or mess. We are aware of the need to protect the dignity, privacy and modesty of applicants, and there will be special arrangements for applicants where needed.

The biometric enrolment process takes up to 10 minutes. There may be a short wait while we check your data.

If you or any dependants who are applying with you have a medical or physical condition which may require special arrangements to be made in order for your biometric features to be recorded, you must obtain a letter or other document giving the details of any such condition and enclose it with your application. Appropriate documentary evidence would be a letter from a treating clinician, such as a practicing doctor registered with the General Medical Council, giving details of the condition and/or special needs and explaining any arrangements that may be necessary.

If an applicant fails to make arrangements to provide their biometrics the visa application will not be processed

This is to verify that an individual making an application is the same person who applied for the visa overseas and who came through the border.

You can get more information at the Visa Application Center Visa Application Center Address:
Joint Visa Application Centre,
No 61,Janadhipathi Mawatha,
Colombo- 01. (Click Here for contact us)