The Migration Amendment Act for strengthening the biometrics would be effective from 16th February 2016. This would result in many changes that include fingerprints collection from minors who aged of five and above.
This current change successfully lower the age for applicants that needs collection of fingerprints from the current least age of 16 years to five years of age. Citizens from New Zealand are exempted from giving biometric information.
The collection of biometrics is being done using a fast, non-intrusive and discreet process that takes the facial image with the digital camera and the fingerprint scan. The applicants are needed to get their image of the face captured. For the applicants whose age is less than 16, the biometric collection is being done in the presence of their parent or guardian.
Applicants are motivated to submit their application for visa in person or electronically at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) for avoiding two service fees charges.
Applicants are required to make their appointment either with Auckland or Queensland AVAC for submitting their application and at the same time can also collect their biometrics.
The applicants who are included in visa application should attend the AVAC for collection of biometric and the applicants should bring their passports for the appointment.