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Macron: Schengen Area No Longer Works – Refoundation Is Indispensable

The French President asserted during a press conference at the end of the Great National Debate on Thursday that the Schengen Area no longer works and that refoundation is indispensable. After the three-month national debate initiative to appease protesters from the yellow vests movement, the French president held a press conference at the [...]

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Top 10 Schengen Countries that Received Most Short-stay Visa Applications in 2018

For another year in a row, France remains the top choice for Schengen visa applicants, with over 4 million applications received. French consulates across the globe received 4,010,604 or 25% of the overall number of applications filed in 2018. Over 28% of these applications were lodged in Russia, China and Algeria, with the consulate in..

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Busiest Schengen Consulates in 2018

As Russia accounts for 23% of the overall number of Schengen visa applications, its consulates were clearly the busiest Schengen consulates in the world in 2018. Five Schengen Consulates in Russia, one of them in Saint Petersburg and the rest in Moscow, top the table as the busiest. The Finnish consulate in Saint Petersburg alone..

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EU Votes to Create a Gigantic Biometrics Database

The European Union has moved forward with its plans to create a gigantic biometrics database, despite facing criticism for putting privacy rights at stake through it. Last week, the European Parliament has adopted a legislation that will enable EU information systems to exchange records through the Common Identity Repository (CIR), which is [...]

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Demand for Schengen Visas in China and India Steadily Increasing

Schengen Countries have seen a steady increase in Schengen visa applications lodged at their consulates in China and India in the recent years. In China, since 2014, the number of applications has grown for 56.5% reaching 2,818,974 in 2018. Yet, despite the high number of applications, Chinese nationals and residents face more limitations and [...]

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Russia Remains the Top Source Country for Schengen Visa Applications also in 2018

Newly published Schengen Visa statistics for 2018 reveal that Russia remains the top source country for Schengen Visa applications, with the total number of applications received by the overall Schengen consulates surpassing 16 million. Despite that the number of Schengen visa applications from Russia has almost halved since 2013, when there [...]

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Statistics Reveal Schengen Consulates Received Over 16 Million Applications in 2018

Another slightly over 16 million applications have been lodged at the consulates of the 26 Schengen Member Countries all across the globe in 2018. The most recent Schengen statistics reveal that the number of applications has decreased once again. In 2018, 0.9% less Schengen visa applications were lodged for processing compared to the previous [...]

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Schengen Visa Costs to be Increased by Year’s End

The European Parliament has adopted a proposal by the EU Commission to amend the Schengen Visa policy, including increasing the Schengen visa costs, in a bid to facilitate traveling to the Schengen Area for tourism, trade and business, and at the same time to contribute to the internal security. The Parliament and the EU Council..

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Dutch MPs Propose the Suspending of Visa-Free Travel for Albanians in the Schengen Zone

A group of four Dutch Parliament members has initiated a motion to cancel temporarily visa-free traveling for Albanian nationals in the Schengen Zone. On April 11th, the Dutch Parliament debated on this motion, securing the support of the majority. Now the Parliament will ask the government of the Netherlands to propose to the European Commission..

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UK Govt Responds to Hard- Remain Petition Asking to Join Schengen Zone and Adopt the Euro

The United Kingdom Government has responded to a petition calling for UK not only to remain in the EU, but also to join the Schengen Zone and adopt the Euro currency. The UK Department for Exiting the European Union published a short written response under the petition called “Hard Remain: Align with other EU countries..

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