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.
Visa Information System now fully operational worldwide
The worldwide roll out of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS) has today been completed, contributing to a more efficient management of the EU's external borders. Starting in North Africa in October 2011, it has been progressively rolled out around the world over the past four years. The VIS database now contains all data related to visa applications by third country nationals who require a visa to enter the Schengen area, including biometric data (fingerprints and a digital facial image).