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Key Points

  • The EU introduced a proposal to strengthen its visa suspension mechanism and visa-free travel schemes


The government of the European Union (EU) introduced a proposal aimed at strengthening its visa suspension mechanism and monitoring visa-free travel countries. The proposed revision will:

  • Expand the grounds to suspend visa-free regimes, such as in case of insufficient alignment with the EU’s visa policy, hybrid threats, and the operation of investor citizenship schemes
  • Increase the duration of the current procedure to allow more time for remedial actions. A new urgency procedure is introduced to react faster in case of need, such as increased arrivals or security threats
  • Strengthen the Commission’s monitoring and reporting obligations to any visa-free countries where challenges are identified

What are the Changes?

The EU introduced a proposal to strengthen its visa suspension system and inspect various visa-free travel schemes across member states.

Looking Ahead

The Commission will continue implementing the new comprehensive monitoring approach announced in its Communication in May 2023, covering all visa-free third countries.

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: European Commission

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