In facilitating easy travel throughout the Europe including the Schengen region and assisting in issuing visas for long term, France will issuing the biometric visas to the citizen of India from 2nd November 2015.
According to the inputs from the French Consulate, the Embassy of France in India will be granting many or three to five year of circulation visas to those who frequently visit France.
Around 8 new VFS centres had been opened all over India and that has increased the number to fourteen for ensuring the best possible propinquity to applicants.
The visa applicants would be requested to visit any of the list of VFS centres for registering their biometric information. Children below 12 years are being let off from this process.
The biometric information will be recorded and then stored for around 59 months that makes almost five years removing the requirement for the applicants for coming in person again for renewal of their visa.
The recorded biometric information will be valid for the above mentioned period for all the countries that come under the Schengen Areas, the information that is recorded by any country under this Schengen Area would be valid for France during the mentioned period.
The visitor needs to come only once for having their photo and fingerprints taken. The visa could be obtained by the applicant or by any other authorized person.
The biometric transition will not affect the period of visa issuance, for India it is 48 hours in some cities and 72 hours in some other cases. The biometric transition will not affect the visa fees that will remain unchanged. Countries like US and the UK has been implementing the biometrics in India.