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Visa Information System (VIS)

EU Visa Policy: Commission upgrades the Visa Information System to better secure the EU's external borders

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

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.

Non-EU citizens: new passport requirements for travelling to Europe

Non-EU citizens: new passport requirements for travelling to Europe

As of 19 July 2013, for travelling to Europe, non-EU citizens need a valid passport fulfilling the following criteria:

  • its validity shall last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States
  • it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

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