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EU Visa Code becomes applicable

30 March 2010

"As from 5 April, the conditions for issuing visas for the Schengen area to third-country nationals will become clearer, more precise, transparent and fairer. Getting an EU visa will become faster. The EU Visa Code will ensure that the application of EU visa law is fully harmonised," Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affaires has said today.

As from 5 April, the EU Visa Code adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in June 2009, will become applicable. The Visa Code gathers into a single document all legal provisions governing decisions on visas. It increases the transparency, develops legal security and ensures equal treatment of applicants while harmonising rules and practices for the Schengen States (22 Member States and 3 associated states) applying the common visa polic.