The European Union has just decided to activate the latest changes to the procedure for issuing Schengen visas. This article will enlist additional updates on the processes used to issue Schengen visas. So, read this article till the end.
The European Union has made the visa application process more practical and cost-effective. The UAE residents will soon receive confirmation about the availability to apply for visas online. The EU will eliminate visits to consulates and eliminate visa stickers.
In the future, the applicants can submit their applications for a Schengen visa through the application platform. These visa applications will be offered following the latest rules approved by the Council of the European Union.
Once the visa procedure is digitalized, visa stickers on passports will be removed. It means that no appointments are required at consulates/service providers’ offices.
Currently, a statement was issued by the Minister of the Interior of Spain, Fernando Grande-Marlaska. His country is now holding the presidency of the Council. His statement could be summarised in the words below:
The online visa system will further make the application process simple for travelers. At the same time, it will lessen the burden on the shoulders of the national administrations. As a result, it will make it easy for them to respond more quickly and effectively.
Residents of other countries must apply for a Schengen visa. It is so even though more than 61 countries have access to the visa-free system with the EU, even though they are not its members. We are listing the significant changes made to the Schengen visa below. These modifications will be helpful for those who are not qualified to travel throughout the Schengen zone without a visa.
Details of Three Significant Changes Made to the Schengen Visa
The Council of the European Union has issued the latest statement that applicants can submit their visa application online from now. It indicates a new platform for the EU visa application will be introduced. The Schengen visa applications will be submitted directly through this platform.
This online system will permit visa applicants to pay their costs, upload digital copies of their travel and other required documents, and submit all the relevant information on the platform. Following the modified rules and regulations, individuals will no longer need personal visits to consulates or other service providers.
However, there is an exception for first-time applicants, individuals with invalid biometric data, and people with a new travel document. All such applicants have to make a personal appearance at consulates.
It is not mandatory to affix visa stickers on the applicant’s passports without a visa mark on the passport. The visas will be issued by using a digital format in the form of a two-dimensional barcode that is cryptographically authorized. The EU has implemented it to lessen the security threats linked with visa stickers stolen or sold without authorization.