Biometric visas : new conditions of exemption from biometrics
Starting November 2nd, 2014, all visa applicants who have already obtained a biometric visa issued by a French or Italian consulate around the world during the 59 previous months (five years, less one month), may be exempted from biometrics.
The attendance of an applicant under this category while submitting the visa application‚ is not mandatory. He may be represented by an agent.
Any applicant under this category has to provide, in addition to the usual required documents, a copy of the biometric visa previously obtained. "VIS" should be mentioned on the visa, confirming the biometric fingerprint.