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Australia begins biometrics visa application

29 July 2013, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Nigeria has begun an trial exercise to collect biometrics from Nigerian visa applicants.

The exercise captures the applicant's fingerprints and facial image.

According to a document obtained by this agency, visa applicants, regardless of their nationality, who are physically in Nigeria when applying for a document to enter Australia, will need to provide their biometrics unless they are exempted or excluded from doing so by departmental policy.

The department has an existing agreement with VFS Global to provide Australian visa lodgement services in Nigeria at Australian Visa Application centres in Abuja and Lagos.

'From 29 July 2013, biometrics collection will commence at existing centres.

The embassy said Visa applicants can go in person to the Australian Visa Application Centres to lodge their visa application and provide their biometrics at the same time," the embassy stated.

Biometrics are collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

All family members included in a visa application need to attend in person to have their biometrics collected at the same time.

- CAJ News


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