Earlier, the European Union Commission used to process the applications offline. Due to the pandemic effect, the government has proposed a new step to convert and replace the offline procedure with a Digital procedure.
Now the EU countries digitalized the Schengen visa process.
Replaced and introduced a probability of submitting the visa applications online through the EU visa online platform.
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Reason for Digitisation:
Commissioner for Home Affairs proposal:
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson. She says that this modern digitization process is critical as many applicants think it is burdensome to apply for a Schengen visa. This step might turn out to be a betterment to improve the application processing for Schengen visas.
“This is a modern visa process necessary to make international migrant travel to the EU easier for tourism and business. It is the high time that the EU provides a safe, fast and online-based solution for the EU visa application platform as the 102 country’s nationals are always in need of short term visas to travel to the EU”.
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas also accredited this decision. She says this is a way of promoting our European Way of Life. She also claims that it is essential to provide Sage and secure medium for Schengen visas for everyone.
This digitalization proposal of the Schengen visa process will be discussed by the Council and Parliament soon. The EU Member States will have five years to convert to the online visa platform.
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