For this purpose, the VIS provides for instance an automated fingerprint identification system for the identification and verification of foreigners needing a visa at its disposal, namely the Biometric Matching System (BMS).
The Federal Ministry of the Interior nominated the Federal Office of Administration as national unit, which provides all authorities concerned with access to the VIS. Apart from building the necessary infrastructure, the existing applications in the national visa procedure have been completed by the access to the European central system.
The VIS was integrated both in the communications interface for the missions abroad and in the central repository of the Federal Office of Administration. The multi-annual developmental works were co-funded by the European External Borders Fund (EBF) from 2008 to 2011.