Press release

Biometric data requirements for visa applicants in Warsaw

With immediate effect the Government of India has decided to introduce compulsory biometric capture for applicants seeking:

i)             Student visa,

ii)           Research visa,

iii)          Employment visa

iv)          Missionary visa

v)            Project visa

vi)          Journalist visa and

vii)         Visit visa (Pakistani nationals)


2.       The following categories of applicants, are exempted from the biometrics requirement:

a)   Applicants below 12 years and above 70 years of age

b)   Heads of State or Government and holders of diplomatic passports.

c)    Group tourists arranged by tour operators/agencies

d)   Applications received by post for the visas other than above categories mentioned in para 1 above.


3.       The Embassy of India in Warsaw will therefore capture biometric data, from those who are coming in person to the Visa Application Centre (BLS Office).