New procedures for Schengen visa (Zawya - UAE) - The new procedure will introduce the collection of biometric data such as fingerprint scan and digital photo in order to prevent false identifications, identity theft and fraud.
See also: Dubai, UAE: Fingerprints needed for Schengen visa (with some background on Schengen)
Ukraine: We hope to speed up visa facilitation with EU (Kyiv Post) - Biometric passports are a key step in the process.
United States: Immigrants hope to work legally (Times Free Press)
Within just a month 82,000 young immigrants nationwide applied to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. So far, close to 64,000 have scheduled appointments for fingerprinting and photographing — which ICE refers to as “biometrics” — and 29 applications had been approved as of Sept. 13.