Visa Information System (VIS) - Mandatory Finger Printing
As from 06 June 2013, the German Embassy Windhoek as well as the consular sections of all resident EU member States issuing Schengen visas will start to use the Visa Information System (VIS).
Enlarge image (© EU Komission) VIS is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (up to 90 days) between the Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external borders as well as to enhance security. The VIS will contain all the Schengen visa applications lodged by an applicant over five years and the decisions taken by any Schengen State's consulate. Visa applicants' biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph) will also be registered into the VIS, so as to protect visa applicants better against identity theft and to prevent false identifications.
This means that as from 6 June 2013 all visa applicants will have to appear in person when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints.
Exemptions from the obligation of fingerprinting are only provided for:
- Children under 12;
- Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible.
Fingerprinting will only be required once every 5 years.
The VIS central database is very secure and data will be processed in accordance with the highest data protection standards.