Offshore biometric collection for additional countries

‘From 19 November 2018, Australian Biometrics Collection Centres … will commence collecting biometrics from visa applicants who’ located in two additional countries.

The Department of Home Affairs’ webpage contains the following:

From 19 November 2018, Australian Biometrics Collection Centres (ABCCs) will commence collecting biometrics from visa applicants who are in Russia or Kazakhstan at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, unless they are excluded or exempt from doing so under Australian Government policy.

Applicants who lodge their applications from this date will be sent a letter requiring them to attend an ABCC in person to provide their biometrics.  Applicants will need to contact an ABCC to make an appointment and have their biometrics collected.

ABCC’s are run by an Australian Government service provider. Biometric data will be collected through a quick, discreet and a non-intrusive process that captures a facial image and a 10-digit fingerprint scan.

More information about these new arrangements see List of locations.

 


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au