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VIS system

The VIS system facilitates the sharing of visa information between Schengen countries through system software and technical equipment such as fingerprint scanners, cameras and computers.

Project dates 01/01/2012 - 30/06/2014
Total budget€67 000
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectNational Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, Technical division
FundEBF
CountryIceland

Project Description

The Visa Information System (VIS) is being developed jointly by the Schengen countries so that they may collect and share visa information. For Iceland to implement the system, the country must first invest in software development and system testing, as well as the purchase of necessary equipment, such as fingerprint scanners, cameras and computers.

Benefits and results

By implementing this project, Iceland is fulfilling its obligations within the Schengen Agreement. The VIS system makes it easier for Schengen countries to obtain visa information from other Schengen countries – for example what visas have already been issued. As the authority responsible for border surveillance in Iceland, the Icelandic Police are the main beneficiaries.

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