EU approves increased security and controls on travel visas


According to the written statement made by Portugal, which holds the Presidency of the EU, the EU Council approved the arrangement envisaged in the VIS. These amendments will come into force after the European Parliament (EP) accepts them and is published in the Official Gazette.

The EU found it appropriate to reform the VIS in response to changing immigration and security challenges. Accordingly, security and controls will be tightened, especially in short-term travel visas. With the reform to be made in VIS, the controls of short and long-term visas and those who have residence permits in EU countries will be increased. By this time, VIS, which has collected information for short-term visa requests, will do this for all travel documents used in free circulation.

From now on, VIS will be linked with other EU systems and databases such as the Schengen Information System (SIS), Entry and Exit System (EES), European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS); It will also be linked to the European Police Service (Europol), the International Criminal Police Service (Interpol) and Eurodac, which hides fingerprints of asylum seekers and immigrants.

Within the scope of other changes, biographical data pages will be digitized in travel documents, which are currently in digital format, the age of fingerprinting will be reduced from 12 to 6, and the resolution and image quality of the photographs will be increased.

Portuguese Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita emphasized that the EU has been working for a long time to further tighten the control of people entering the Schengen countries, emphasizing that “The new rules require controls over visa requests to identify persons who may pose security threats or violate immigration rules. it will allow it to be done better. ” used the expressions.


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