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EU Commission to sue Slovakia over visa appeals procedure

The European Commission has decided to take Slovakia to the EU Court of Justice, for failing to permit judicial appeal against a decision to refuse, invalidate or revoke a visa, as stated by a press release issued on May 17, 2018, by the European Commission. While the Visa Code (Regulation (EC) No 810/2009) and the..

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EU Commission proposes reforms to Schengen Visa Information System

The European Commission has proposed today changes for the Visa Information System, which is the Schengen Database that contains information on persons that apply for Schengen visas. These changes have been proposed with the aim of a better responding to the evolving challenges on security and migration as well as to improve the management of..

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Top 5 Schengen countries with the highest and the lowest rate of visa rejections in 2017

The consulates and embassies of Schengen countries around the world have received more short-term visa applications in 2017 compared to the two previous years. However, the number of applications received has not surpassed that of 2014, when 16,725,908 visa applications were received, which is around 500 thousand more than in 2017. On the [...]

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Apostolova gainsays Minister Hoxha’s statements on Kosovo visa liberalization date

The Head of the EU Office in Kosovo and the EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, has refused to give any date on visa liberalization for Kosovo citizens, highlighting the need for Kosovo institutions to continue working against organized crime and corruption. Apostolova said so during the opening ceremony of the Education Fair with [...]

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Russia tops chart with most Schengen visa applications in 2017

Once again, the Russian Federation tops the chart with most Schengen visa applications for 2017, with around 700 hundred more compared to the previous year. The 59 Schengen Zone embassies and consulates across Russia have received a total number of 3,885,899 visa applications, while the Finnish embassies have received most among the embassies [...]

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India among top five countries with most Schengen visa application in 2017

Indians are among the world citizens the interest of whom to visit Europe increases every year, respectively the Schengen states. According to the latest data published, while in 2014 Indians were positioned the seventh, in 2016 the fifth, in 2017 Indian nationals are the fourth group with most Schengen visa applications submitted at the Schengen..

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Likelihood of post-Brexit UK falling under ETIAS program sparks fury among Britons

Wednesday’s agreement of the European Parliament representatives and the European Council Presidency on the proposal for the establishment of a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) has sparked anger among British citizens and tabloids, which have not hesitated to show their disapproval. Headlines as “EU must be joking”, [...]

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Almost half a million Ukrainians visited Europe visa-free since June 2017

Almost half a million Ukrainian nationals have traveled towards Europe taking advantage of the visa-free deal of Ukraine with the EU, since June 11, 2017. While in the first months after the launch of visa free regime, around 80 thousand Ukrainians per month have crossed the border with the EU, in November the number had fell..

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EU Ambassadors Approve Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETIAS) for Third Countries

The European Parliament representatives and the European Council Presidency have reached an agreement on the proposal for the establishment of a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). According to a press release published today on the official website of the European Council the agreement has been confirmed by the EU [...]

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Rate of Airport Transit Visa applications every year lower

German and French Airports remain international travelers’ favorite for transit from one country to another, statistics on Airport Transit Visa published by the Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission show. According to the statistics, German embassies around the world have received 1,967 visa applications within 2017, [...]

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