Who Needs to Supply Biometrics


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Which Visas or Nationalities need to Supply Biometrics?.

The Australian Immigration department states that SOME Visa Applicants will need to supply their Biometrics with their visa application.

Biometrics are a photo of your face and your fingerprints, taken at an authorised biometrics collection centre.

  • Some visa groups do NOT need to supply them.
  • Visa application lodgements at some countries DO need to supply them.

Your biometrics are used to verify various aspects about you with other Australian or international agencies.

If you are in a group that requires the biometrics, you will need to provide them at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) .

You might need to check with Immigration, to see if you are in a relevant group, and their current page for this is at: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au


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As at the date of this page, here are the main groups that need to provide Biometrics.

Visa Groups that require Biometrics:

100 – Partner
101 – Child
102 – Adoption
114 – Aged Dependent Relative
115 – Remaining Relative
116 – Carer
117 – Orphan Relative
400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist)
403 – Temporary Work (International Relations)
408 – Temporary Activity
417 – Working Holiday
457 – Business (Long Stay)
462 – Work and Holiday
482 – Temporary Skill Shortage
491 – Skilled Work
494 – Skilled work (Employer Sponsored)
600 – Visitor Visa
602 – Medical Treatment
771 – Transit
300 – Prospective Marriage
309 – Partner (Provisional)
445 – Dependent Child
461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)
870 – Sponsored Parent
500 – Student
590 – Student Guardian

Countries of Lodgement that require Biometrics:

(regardless of nationality)

Afghanistan *
Albania
Algeria
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cambodia
Colombia
Egypt
Ethiopia
Fiji
France
Ghana
Greece
Hong Kong
Iran
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
Mexico
Myanmar
Nepal
New Zealand
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Peru
Qatar
Russian Federation
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Somalia *
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Tonga
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Yemen *
Zimbabwe

As with many things, the information is not 100% clear.

A subclass 100 visa applicant, applying in Afghanistan, would need Biometrics, as they are in both lists.

But, would a subclass 100 visa applicant, applying in the UK need it?

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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