Applications for a United Kingdom visa in Armenia: biometric finger scans
(a1plus.am) - From 1 December 2006 the British Embassy in Yerevan is introducing biometric data collection (fingerscans). This is part of a world-wide biometric identification process, designed to protect an individual's identity, facilitate future entry to the UK, combat visa fraud and abuse of the UK's immigration and asylum systems. With effect from 1 December 2006 all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, will have to apply in person at the British Embassy in Yerevan and have their fingerscans taken, reports Trend.
All visa applicants must have their fingerscans taken, with the exception of children under the age of five. An exception may also be granted to applicants, who for genuine medical reasons cannot provide fingerscans. The following categories of applicant are also exempted from providing their fingerscans:
- Holders of Diplomatic passports and accompanying dependants travelling on official government business.
- Holders of Official passports who are travelling on official government business in the United Kingdom.
- United Nations officials holding UN Travel Documents who are travelling on official UN business.
- Commonwealth and NATO armed forces personnel posted for service in the UK
- Holders of a certificate of entitlement confirming right of abode in the United Kingdom.
Fingerscans will be collected from each applicant by using an electronic scanner. No ink, liquid or chemical will be used and the procedure will take no more than two minutes to complete.
If an applicant refuses to provide fingerscans, the application cannot be processed.
All applicants should ensure that their fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (henna, for example), abrasions or other markings prior to attending the British Embassy as these may affect their ability to provide acceptable fingerscans.
Visa applications cannot be processed until applicants are able to provide acceptable fingerscans.