The EU Parliament adopted a report to digitalize visa application processes in the Schengen Area, shifting from physical applications and visa stickers to a digital process.
The EU Parliament said a digital process and system would:
- be faster, and reduce costs and efforts overall
- be designed to work with the various border management systems and databases and reduce security risks
- ensure consistent practices throughout the EU
The EU Parliament has also recommended system features that would make it more applicant friendly, including various language options and accessibility tools.
This is the first step in the negotiation process. A timeline for implementation is currently not known.
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