The government of India is rolling out biometric data collection for Indian visas globally. The scheme has already been implemented in several countries. This is part of the larger IVFRT (Indian Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking) Programme, says a media release issued by the Consulate General of India Sydney.
From 1 October 2014, submission of all applications including visas, passport, OCIs and miscellaneous consular services will require an appointment to be made online at www.vfsglobal.com/region/
From 15 October 2014, biometric data collection, including fingerprint data and facial imagery, will be a mandatory requirement for all visa applicants. As a result, all visa applicants will need to be physically present (mandatorily) at a visa application centre, by appointment, for submission of visa application and biometric data enrolment.
Diplomatic personnel travelling on official purposes are exempt from applying at a visa application centre and may lodge their applications directly at the High Commission of India in Canberra or Consulate General of India in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, as the case may be.