The Schengen States, including Finland, has launched the Visa Information System (VIS) in Ireland on 20th November.
As from 20th November 2015, when applying for a Schengen visa to Finland, all applicants will be requested to submit their biometric data, including fingerprints and a photograph. Schengen visa application must be submitted in person.
Some applicants are exempted from collecting fingerprints, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom leaving fingerprints is physically impossible.
The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants. The use of VIS also improves the member states' internal security, helps combat illegal migration and supports the development of the Schengen policy.
After VIS has become operational, certain pieces of information in the application and the applicant's biometric data, that is, facial and fingerprint scans, are transmitted to VIS from the member states' national visa information systems. Member states' consulates and other competent authorities can retrieve information concerning visa applications and decisions concerning them from VIS.
The Visa Information System was first introduced in 2011. The geographical expansion of the system has been gradual.
For more information about the VIS please visit http://ec.europa.eu/vis.