Visa Information system (VIS):

The VIS system enables Schengen states to share visa data with each other. It aims at simplifying the visa submission process, while also facilitating border control procedures at the Schengen external borders and improving safety, including that of the applicant.

The VIS informatic system was enforced on 13th October 2011, and was progressively adopted by the Visa Centers of the various member states of the Schengen area.

The German diplomatic representations in Iran were linked to the VIS central database on 13th Januar 2013. Since then, applicants are required to have their fingerprints recorded.

Following the adoption of the (VIS) system:

  • Applicants are required to submit their first application in person in order to have their biometric data recorded, including fingerprints of the ten fingers and a photo.
  • The above-mentioned biometric data are stored in the VIS database and can be accessed for five years thereafter, which means applicants will not be required to apply in person after the first time.
  • When entering the Schengen area, border control authorities can double-check the travelers’ identity using the VIS system.

Recording fingerprints is not required for:

  • children under 12 years of age
  • those for whom fingerprint recording is physically impossible
  • head of a state or government, members of a national government, including their spouse and members of their delegation, when officially invited by the governments of one of the the member states or by an international organization.

Personal attendance is mandatory, unless fingerprints have already been collected by the German embassy or any other Schengen state. Applicants are required to book an appointment to submit their application.