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Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 12 October 2015

Published Friday August 21 2015

Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 12 October 2015

 

As from 12 October 2015 all applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.

 

When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at a consulate or an external service provider. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS database and stored for five years. Frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period, as the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.

 

The VIS will contain all Schengen visa applications and the decisions taken by any Schengen State's consulate. This will facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border of the European Union, as well as enhance security. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to a refusal of a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. This will also allow to establish more easily the lawful use of previous visas and applicants' travel history (e.g. when applying for a multiple-entry visa).

 

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Heads of State and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.

 

The implementation of the VIS is part of the gradual worldwide deployment, which began in 2011. On the same day as in China, the VIS will start operating in all Schengen consulates in East Asia.

将于20151012日启用的签证信息系统(VIS)介绍

 

自2015年10月12日起,所有签证申请人在申请申根签证时将被要求提供生物识别数据(十指指纹和一张数码照片)。该程序简单快捷,仅需几分钟时间。

 

首次申请申根签证的申请人必须亲自前往领事馆或外部签证服务处提交申请。生物识别数据和申根签证申请表格中提交的数据将被记录于签证信息系统的数据库中,并保留五年。在此期间内的后续申请中,多次前往申根地区的旅客将无需重复指纹录入步骤,指纹可直接从签证信息系统中的过往申请文件复制。

 

签证信息系统将包含所有申根签证申请信息及任一申根国领事馆针对签证申请所作出的决定信息。这将简化签证申请流程、加强欧盟外部边界检查、提升安全等级。对生物识别技术的使用将保护签证申请人,更好地打击身份盗用、防止身份造假,而身份盗用与造假在某些情况下会导致有权进入申根区的人士遭到拒签或被拒入境。同时,这将使得对过往签证信息及申请人旅行记录的合法使用变得更加容易(如,申请人申请多次入境签证时)。

 

有限数量的申请人可免于录入指纹,包括12岁以下儿童和身体条件不允许指纹录入的人。国家首脑、国家政府成员及其配偶和他们官方访问团的成员在因公旅行时也可免于录入指纹。

 

此次签证信息系统的采用是始于2011年的、全球渐进式推行的一部分。该系统在中国开始使用的当天,签证信息系统也将同时在申根国驻东亚国家的所有领事馆投入使用。

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