The Commission adopted today a proposal for a Regulation on a new uniform format for visas. The current EU visa sticker is part of the common EU visa policy, including also the Visa Information System (VIS). Member States use the uniform format when issuing visas. Eventually, after the full roll-out of the VIS, the visa sticker will still continue to be used for long stay visas (so called D-visa), which are not registered in the VIS.
The objective of the Commission’s proposal is to fight fraud of visa stickers, which has significantly increased over the last few years. Member States consider that the visa sticker in its current design, dating back to 1995, is compromised.
After its adoption by the Council and the European Parliament, the new European visa sticker will be applicable to all Member States and to the Schengen associated countries. The future technical specifications will be developed after the adoption of the Regulation.