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Key Points

  • The European Union (EU) officially enacted procedures that will create a digital EU visa platform for EU citizens


The European Council (EC) adopted regulations allowing European Union (EU) citizens to apply for an EU visa online. As a result, the following rules will apply:

  • An EU online visa application platform will be created. With a few exceptions, applications for Schengen visas will be made through that platform. On the platform, visa applicants can enter all the relevant data, upload electronic copies of their travel and supporting documents, and pay their visa fees.
  • An applicant’s in-person appearance at the consulate is redundant. In principle, in-person appearance will only be necessary for first-time applicants, people whose biometric data are no longer valid, and people with a new travel document.
  • The current visa sticker will be replaced with a cryptographically signed barcode.

What are the Changes?

The EU officially enacted procedures that will create a digital EU visa platform for EU citizens. According to the announcement, these measures aim to reduce internal barriers throughout the EU visa application process.

Looking Ahead

Following signature, the two regulations will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will enter into force on the twentieth day after publication. The new rules’ application date will be decided when technical work on the visa platform and the digital visa has been concluded.

Continue to check the government of the EU’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The European Council

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