Starting June 23, 2010, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta will issue biometric visas to comply with European Union regulation EC 390/2009 of April 23, 2009 and French law 2003-1119 of November 26, 2003.
The biometric system requires the digital scanning of ten fingers and a picture. Accordingly, all visa applicants regardless of the type of visa sought, are required to appear in person at the visa section of the French Consulate.
Hand positioning on the fingerprint scanner:
3 steps : 1. Right hand - 2. Left hand - 3. Thumbs
The new system strengthens controls against illegal immigration and helps prevent terrorism.
The procedure will also speed up movement between Schengen states and third countries for genuine visitors requiring visas.