The High Commission of India in the United Kingdom has announced that, as of August 19, biometric appointments will be required for applicants in seven visa categories (including employment visas). In addition to the employment category, this new requirement also applies to journalist, research, student, Pakistani visit, project and missionary visa categories. The new requirement will be rolled out in the fourteen VFS Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs) in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The biometric enrollment will be completed at the time the visa application is submitted at the IVAC. It will involve photographs and fingerprinting. Applicants are reminded that they must therefore appear in person to submit their visa applications. Applicants under 12 years-old and over 70 years-old are exempt from the new biometric requirement.