EU Visa Policy: Commission upgrades the Visa Information System to better secure the EU's external borders
The Commission is today proposing to upgrade the Visa Information System (VIS), the database containing information on persons applying for Schengen visas, in order to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU's external border management.
The proposed changes will allow for more thorough background checks on visa applicants; close security information gaps through better information exchange between Member States; and ensure full interoperability with other EU-wide databases.
Public Consultation on extending the scope of the Visa Information System (VIS) to include data on long stay visas and residence documents
The European Commission has recently published a new public consultation that may be of your interest. This survey is part of a wider process of consultation of stakeholders, feeding into a study on the legal, human rights, including data protection implications, of including residence documents and long stay visas in the Visa Information System (VIS). The study is intended to complement the findings of the technical study carried out in September 2017, by assessing the possible legal and policy justifications of the measure, in addition to the technical feasibility dimension.
Commission presents REFIT evaluation of the Visa Information System
As part of the Commission's better regulation agenda, ensuring that EU legislation remains fit for purpose, the Commission has today adopted an Evaluation Report on the implementation of the Visa Information System (VIS), analysing the use of fingerprints at the EU's external borders and the use of biometrics in the visa application procedure.