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  • The European Commission introduced new regulations that simplify visa procedures for Indian nationals seeking Schengen visas


On April 18, 2024, the European Commission introduced new regulations regarding issuing multiple entry visas to Indian nationals. This revised visa regime, known as the “cascade” system, aims to simplify visa procedures for Indian travelers seeking short-stay Schengen visas.

Under these rules, Indian nationals residing in India can now obtain long-term, multi-entry Schengen visas valid for up to two years, provided they have lawfully utilized two visas within the past three years, and their passport has sufficient validity. Following the two-year visa, eligible travelers may qualify for a five-year visa.

During the validity of these visas, holders enjoy travel privileges equivalent to visa-free nationals. Schengen visas allow holders to travel freely within the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period. While these visas do not impose specific travel purposes, they do not grant the right to work.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the European Commission’s website for the latest updates and information.

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

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