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EU Parliament and Council Reach Deal on New Rules for Short-Stay Schengen Visas

The EU Parliament and Council have informally agreed to simplify the application process and issuance of short-stay visas. The new EU Visa Code aims to facilitate traveling to the Schengen Area for tourism, trade and business, and at the same time to contribute to the internal security. “Visa applications will have to be submitted between..

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Finland Investigates Its Embassy in Turkey Over Alleged Visa Scam

Three employees at the Finnish embassy in Ankara are suspected of having issued hundreds of visas illegally, over a longer period. The National Bureau of Investigation and the Finnish Border Guard are investigating a series of crimes related to issuance of Finnish Schengen Visas at the Embassy in Turkey. According to a press release of..

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European Commission Reports on Risks of Investor Citizenship and Residence Schemes in EU

The European Commission has presented a report on investor citizenship and residence schemes operated by a number of EU countries. The report, presented for the first time, identifies the risks coming from such schemes for security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. The report, which also outlines some steps to address these [...]

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Portugal Not Only Refuses to Abolish the Golden Visa Scheme But Also Expands It With ‘Green Visas’

The Parliament of the Portuguese Republic has turned down a bill proposed by the opposition parties to abolish the Golden Visa Scheme.  The opposition came up with the bill after a report of the anti-corruption organization Transparency International in October 2018. The report concluded that the Golden Visa schemes are a gateway to Europe for..

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Presidents of EU Parliament and Commission Show Their Support for Romania’s Accession to Schengen Area

Voices supporting the admission of Romania into the Schengen Area have been raised immediately after the country took the rotating EU presidency. The European Parliament President Antonio Tajani called on the EU member states blocking Romania’s accession into the Schengen to “rethink their stance”. President Tajani insisted that [...]

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Poroshenko: Two Million Ukrainians Benefited From Visa-Free Regime With Schengen States, so Far

Around two million Ukrainian citizens have benefited from visa-free regime with the Schengen countries, since an agreement to abolish the regime between both parties came into force. According to a press release issued by the administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, more than two million Ukrainians traveled to the Schengen [...]

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EC discusses visa-reciprocity with US – decides against imposing visa requirements

The European Commission reported on the progress achieved in the past 12 month in visa reciprocity with the United States, in a meeting last week. During the meeting, the commissioners concluded that they will continue to engage with the United states in order to achieve visa-free travel to its 50 states for the five Member..

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EU Council Agrees to Amend Visa Information System Regulation, in a Bid to Enhance Security

The European Union Council has agreed on Wednesday, December 19, to negotiate the mandate of the Visa Information System (VIS), in a bid to strengthen security in the Schengen Area. The EU ambassadors agreed on the upgrade of the VIS, which was previously proposed by the European Commission in May this year. The proposal was..

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EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Says Kosovo Fulfilled All Visa Liberalization Criteria

The EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos has confirmed today, once again, that Kosovo has fulfilled all visa liberalization benchmarks. After the presentation of EU Commission’s annual report on the fulfilment of the visa liberalization benchmarks by the Western Balkan countries, Avramopoulos has [...]

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Schengen Nationals Can Now Travel to Saudi Arabia With an E-Visa

The nationals of the 26 Schengen member countries will no longer need to apply for a regular visa for traveling to Saudi Arabia. Instead, they will only need to apply online for an e-visa, thus avoiding all the time-consuming process for obtaining a visa. The Saudi Arabian e-visa will soon be launched and available for..

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