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Key Points

  • The European Council announced the complete suspension of the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia on September 9, 2022

Overview

The government of the European Council announced the complete suspension of the European Union’s (EU) Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. As a result, Russian citizens will no longer be granted privileged access to the European Union, including access to reduced processing times for immigration documents. Additionally, more restrictive rules for the issuance of multiple-entry visas will be put into place, and member states of the EU will have the ability to add additional measures for applications. Visa application fees will also increase from €35 to €80.

What are the Changes?

The European Council officially suspended its Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. According to the update, the suspension is in response to increased risks and threats to the EU’s security interests and the national security of EU member states.

Looking Ahead

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

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

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