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The European Visa Information System is born!

11/10/2011

With a view to being progressively rolled out in the different regions of the world, the Visa Information System (VIS) started operating in North Africa on October 11, 2011.

VIS processes data and decisions related to all applications for short-stay visas to visit or to transit through the Schengen Area. Through quick, safe and secure biometric verifications, VIS will deliver faster border checks, more accurate visa procedures, better protection of travellers against identity-theft and more security. All Schengen States' consular posts worldwide should be connected to VIS within two years.

  • IP/11/1169: More efficient and secure Visa system goes live
  • MEMO/11/682: Frequently Asked Questions: The Visa Information System goes live

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