The Latest Update on Schengen Visa: It's Now Fully Digitalised
In a major development, the Schengen visa system has been fully digitalised, making the visa application process much simpler and more efficient.The Schengen visa is a travel document that allows visitors to travel freely across 26 European countries that are part of the Schengen area. Until recently, the visa application process involved a lot of paperwork and required applicants to submit their documents in person at a visa center or embassy. However, with the digitalisation of the process, applicants can now
complete their application online and submit their documents electronically.
The new digital system, known as the Visa Information System (VIS), allows applicants to fill in their application form online and upload their supporting documents, such as passports and travel itineraries. The system also allows visa officers to process applications more efficiently, as they can access the documents electronically and verify them online.
In addition to making the process simpler and more efficient, the digitalisation of the Schengen visa system also enhances security measures.
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The VIS includes biometric data, such as fingerprints and facial images, which can be used to verify the identity of applicants.
The digitalisation of the Schengen visa system has been welcomed by both applicants and visa officers. Applicants can now complete their application from the comfort of their own home and avoid long wait times at visa centers, while visa officers can process applications more quickly and with greater accuracy.
However, it is important to note that some countries may still require applicants
to submit additional documents or attend an interview at a visa center or embassy. It is therefore advisable to check the visa requirements of the country you plan to visit before applying for a Schengen visa.
The digitalisation of the Schengen visa system represents a major step forward in the simplification and streamlining of the visa application process. The new system is expected to make the process easier and more efficient for both applicants and visa officers, while also enhancing security measures.