Visa Fingerprinting and Photograph Appointment at Visa Application Center (VAC)
Earlier the fingerprints were taken during the personal interview appointment. But according to the new rules, prior to your interview at the Consulate or Embassy, you are required to give the Biometrics information that includes fingerprints and photograph at one of the five Visa Application Center (VAC). The Visa Application Center are also know as Offsite Facilitation Centers (OFC). This program is also known as the “BioVisa” (Biometric Visa) program. No additional fee will be charged for this appointment as it is already included in the application fee. You can schedule an VAC appointment at any of the five centers; but applicants usually prefer to have both the VAC and personal interview appointment in the same city.
Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Checks
More general information on criminal background checks and fingerprinting is available here:
The Embassy does not offer fingerprinting services.
At least two private companies operate in the New Delhi area for the specific purpose of recording fingerprints for medical licenses, visas, immigration, police clearance certificate, criminal background checks and criminal history records clearance. The companies claim to have experience fingerprinting persons using the approved FBI form FD-258. A printable PDF version of this card is available here. The U.S. government does not endorse or certify the quality of these companies or services, but includes this information as a courtesy to U.S. citizens.
Because this is not a U.S. Embassy service, we cannot provide pricing information. We suggest that you ask about the price before you do the fingerprinting.