From 28 April 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection commenced the collection of biometrics in Fiji.
Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants who are in Fiji at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, unless they are excluded or exempted from doing so under Australian Government policy.
Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:
- have hair that covers the eyes
- wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below).
If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Australian Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.
If you refuse to submit your biometric data, your visa application cannot be processed and you will be referred to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.