Reform of the Schengen Visa Applications
By the middle of this year, new rules began to apply for the acquisition of the Schengen visa applications, intended to provide foreigners entry to the Schengen area.
Among the key changes implemented on Schengen visas approved by each of the consulates of the 25 countries offering a Schengen Visa is that within fifteen days the interested in applying for a Schengen visa will be provided with an appointment so you can complete the formalities necessary. Once the person has submitted an application, the consulate will have the right to receive a reply within a period not exceeding two weeks.
In addition, if the application is denied, the consular authorities unlike what happened before will have to offer a convincing explanation to the person interested in receiving the Schengen visa, detailing the reason for its rejection. According to Jan de Ceuster, European Commission official, "Sometimes the notice contained no basis for rejecting the visa application, eliminating all possibilities to complain to the resolution. This caused much frustration and helped Europe to be seen as a fortress, "clarified Ceuster.
The annual figures demonstrate that about 10 million people from nations outside the European Union, obtain the Schengen visa. This is a valuable document because it allows the free circulation, without border controls among the states that make up the Schengen area. The Schengen visa operates in 25 European states. The rules of the agreement allow a person to stay for up to 90 days in a period of six months, these time periods were not reformed..
One of the major concerns of people which applied for a Schengen visa, recognized by Jan de Ceuster, was that "the application process was not very friendly to citizens. Sometimes you had to stand in long lines, and wait two months before they can even apply. "
Thanks to the new terms for the Schengen visa, the process is faster, analysts say, it would be more transparent and fair for tourists, students and also for those who wish to find jobs and are not part of the European bloc .
In the granting of Schengen visa involving almost all European Union countries, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, which appear as associated states. However, some countries still have not signed the Schengen Agreement yet these nations do form part of the European Union such are: United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus.
The procedure for obtaining a Schengen visa remains the same, people interested must attend an embassy or consular office of a Member State of the Schengen Agreement, and there fill out the application. Only with the new modifications obtaining a Schengen visa is faster and more transparent process. This could encourage people to opt for a Schengen visa and thus receive the opportunity of free transit through the Schengen area.