Australia Extends Visa Biometrics Requirements

By Dex Tennyson, for ExpatBriefing.com 17 March, 2015

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that, as part of the global roll-out of biometrics, anyone from a list of designated countries applying for a Sponsored Family Visitor Visa, subclass 600, will be required to submit biometrics to support their application.

Applications for the Sponsored Family Visitor stream visa will continue to be lodged and processed in Australia. However, applicants will need to attend their closest Australian Visa Application (AVAC) or Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide biometrics (facial photograph and fingerprints) after the application has been lodged.

Affected applicants will receive correspondence from the Department requesting the biometric information. This will need to be taken to the AVAC/ABCC, along with the necessary fee for the service.

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