The term 'biometrics' refers to a measurable characteristic that is unique to an individual such as fingerprints, facial structure, the iris or a person's voice.
Biometric data is an increasingly important tool in identity management globally, helping countries reduce fraud and integrity risks. Many countries have already introduced biometrics to improve visa and border checking processes.
Clients applying for Protection visas in Australia will need to provide a digital photograph and fingerprints at an office of the department.
Note: Not all offices are equipped to collect personal identifiers.
The Biometrics in Visa Processing Program is an Australian Government initiative that introduces biometrics collection into the overseas paper-based visa application process.