Changes in obtaining Schengen that touched Ukraine
From June 23, 2015, Ukraine introduced Visa Information System, in connection with which the EU considered it necessary to explain what has changed in the process of applying for a Schengen visa.
The main change is that now, all applicants must appear in person at the consulate to provide their biometric data: fingerprints and a digital photo. This procedure applies, in particular, applications for short-stay visas. These will be valid for five years.
The exceptions are children under 12 years of age, a person who is physically impossible to take fingerprints, heads of state, members of national governments and their families.
The EU Delegation to Ukraine, explained that it is necessary to ensure document security.
Also you learn about ten changes in the visa which will affect Ukrainians.
- Schengen visas issued before 23 June 2015, remain valid.
- If you have already made a biometric passport, you still have to provide fingerprints to obtain a short-term Schengen visa.
- The price of the visa will not rise.
- When Ukraine will receive a visa-free regime with the European Union, those citizens who have biometric passports, will receive a free pass for Europe automatically.
- In case of failure to submit biometric data, such applicants will not get a Schengen visa. But there is a category of citizens who are not required to provide biometric data: children under 12 years, a person who is physically impossible to take fingerprints, heads of state, members of national governments and their families.
- Travelers who are planning to apply for a Schengen visa in June, should pay attention to that a few days before June 23, some consulates of member countries of the Schengen area may be closed and / or restrict the reception of documents from applicants in connection with the work on implementation new system.
- For the first time since June 23 applicants will be required to personally appear before the Consulate (or visa center) to provide their biometric data. Subsequent to apply for a Schengen visa for five years may be carried out by the travel agencies.
- The biometric data of visa the applicant can not be collected by commercial intermediaries (eg travel agencies).
- Any person has the right to obtain information about their data in the Visa Information System by member countries of the Schengen area, which made the data into the system. Any person may also demand that inaccurate data relating to him have been corrected, and the data collected by illegal means - removed.
- On September 1, 2013 the law enforcement agencies of member countries of the Schengen area may request access to the data of the Visa Information System in accordance with very strict legal conditions and only for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation of terrorist and other serious criminal offenses. For these purposes access to the Visa Information System and Europol will have.
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