Biometric Fingerscan and Interview

The U.S. Government is committed to securing its borders while continuing to facilitate legitimate travel. The U.S. Congress mandated that visas to international visitors that include a so-called biometric identifier. The U.S. government decided that photographs and electronically scanned fingerprints were the most effective and least intrusive biometric identifiers.

The use of biometrics assists immigration inspectors in verifying the identity of an international traveler. Biometrics collected at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are checked at the ports of entry to verify that the person travelling with the visa is the same person who was issued the visa.

On your visa interview day, your ten fingers are electronically scanned and captured by computer. No ink is used, and the process takes only seconds.

If you visit the Embassy or Consulate for an interview and refused to have your fingerprints taken, your application will be refused on the basis that it is incomplete. If you later decide to have your fingerprints taken, then your application would be considered without prejudice.

It is a requirement of U.S. law that visa applicants aged 14 to 79 have their fingerprints taken. Finger scans are already being taken at all the visa interviewing embassies and consulates around the world and the process has proved to be safe, easy, and fast. Fingerprint scanning does not add significant time to the visa interview. The inclusion of biometric data in travel records will make it easier to replace a lost or stolen travel document by providing confirmation of your identity.

If you do not wish to comply with this requirement, your application will be refused on the basis that it is incomplete.

You are still required to attend the visa interview. The consular officer will discuss this matter with you during your interview.

You are still required to attend the visa interview. If the consular officer is unsuccessful in capturing your fingerprints, you will be provided with additional instructions.

You are still required to attend the visa interview.  If the consular officer is unsuccessful in capturing your fingerprints, you will be provided with additional instructions.

If you are applying for a nonimmigrant visa and your child is under 14 years old he/she does not have to attend the interview or get his/her fingers scanned. You may submit applications on their behalf when you come in for your interview. If the child is the only one applying and he/she is under 14 years old, you may mail in the visa application.

See Visas for Children and Eldery.

Persons over 79 years of age are not required to attend the visa interview or be fingerprinted. The application may be mailed-in. If you are no longer able to use ESTA or your ESTA is denied, you will be required to attend an interview regardless of age.

See Visas for Children and Eldery.