Applicants for Sponsored Family Visas from designated countries will be included in the biometrics collection programme from 6 May 2015.
While applications for the Sponsored Family Visitor stream visa will continue to be lodged and processed in Australia, applicants will need to attend their closest Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide biometrics (facial photograph and fingerprints) after the application has been lodged.
Affected applicants will receive correspondence from the Department requesting them to undertake biometrics. Applicants must take this correspondence with them to the AVAC/ABCC, otherwise their biometrics will not be collected.
Biometric collection will attract a service fee and applicants should check the AVAC/ABCC website for the correct charge.
More information about the Offshore Biometrics Programme is available at the Biometrics collection outside Australia page.
The list of designated countries for biometric collection are available here.
The list of designated subclasses for biometric testing are available here.