Parliament adopts new rules for short-stay visas

Passport_

(Nicole Harrington, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use its visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration.

Parliament approved on Wednesday the new EU Visa Code, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers. The law establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of more than one hundred non-EU countries travelling to the EU for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).

Procedures for bona fide travellers will be simpler, and there will be a direct link between visa and migration policy.

Visa applications will have to be submitted between six months (instead of the current three months) and 15 days ahead of the intended trip, except for seafarers, who will be allowed to submit applications nine months in advance.

Among other changes:

  • the general visa fee will increase from 60 to 80 euros -with a possible reduction for people under 18 years old-, and children under six, students and researchers will continue to be exempt from paying the visa fee;
  • the new prerequisite to buy travel health insurance will be assessed by the European Commission 15 months after being introduced, taking into account the actual medical costs incurred by visa-holders;
  • EU member states will have to work with external service providers to manage visa requests in non-EU countries where they are neither present nor represented; and
  • frequent travellers might be eligible for multiple entry visas.

Cooperation on readmission by non-EU countries

Some provisions, such as the visa fees, the time taken to issue decisions on applications, and the length of time for which multiple entry visas are valid, may be adapted depending on whether a given non-EU country cooperates “sufficiently”, or alternatively “insufficiently” on readmitting irregular migrants, following a full and objective assessment carried out by the European Commission every year.

Quote

Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), said: “After years of negotiating, we managed to reach an ambitious deal to update and simplify EU visa procedures. Our aim is to make legitimate travel for tourism, business and trade easier, whilst reinforcing internal security and establishing mechanisms to prevent abuses. We also managed to introduce positive incentives for countries cooperating in returns, and not only sanctions for those not cooperating”.

Next steps

The law was approved with 428 votes to 123 and 56 abstentions and now needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. The changes will be applicable six months after publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Background

Currently, travellers from over 100 countries are required to have a visa in order to enter the EU. The number of visa applications has increased by 50% in the last few years, from 10.2 million in 2009 to 15.2 million in 2016.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India

We need natural solutions to fight ocean and climate risk

‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

MEPs list conditions for new EU-Azerbaijan deal

38th ACP-EU Assembly: dialogue on cooperation challenges in Kigali

Have Europe’s Ukrainian wounds begun to heal?

Paris, Washington, IMF against Berlin and ECB on money and interest

This entrepreneur built an island resort out of plastic waste

This company grows crops inside, stacked on top of one another

Monday’s Daily Brief: US-DPRK relationship reset, ‘Horrific’ Kabul bombing, Anti-conscription plan in Syria, Climate change heat stress, Security Council in Iraq

More women than ever before are running for political office in the US

Brexit: UK to suffer from EU’s uncompromising stance

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

Europe enters uncharted waters with Kiev-Moscow standoff

JADE Testimonial #2: Jacques @ Process mapping

This start-up is 3D-printing an entire neighbourhood in Mexico

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

Here are 6 big ideas to help the environment

The world is getting angrier, according to a new poll

Civilians ‘continue to pay highest price’ in Ukraine conflict, with peace prospects losing ‘momentum’

Time to make a fundamental choice about the future of healthcare

Ambassador Zhang Ming: “Work Together for a Better Globalization”

Lessons from the Global Entrepreneurship Index

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance

Safer roads: EU lawmakers agree on life-saving technologies for new vehicles

Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel

Draghi strives to control the unruly exploitation of financial markets by banking leviathans

Main results of European Council of 18/10/2018

Last-chance Commission: Why Juncker promised investments of €300 billion?

Ahead of street protests, UN rights chief urges Guatemalan Government to respect democratic freedoms

The Franco-German axis considers that all EU needs now is more armaments

5 ways Coca-Cola is cleaning up its plastic footprint in Africa

At UN forum, Asia-Pacific countries highlight importance of transport for sustainable development

Children are so hungry in one British town they are eating from bins

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Latin America, in association with The European Sting

These 8 countries have perfect scores for women’s rights at work

China repels EU allegations of export subsidies

Advocate General ‘outlaws’ Data Retention Directive

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis, warns UNICEF

Wolfgang Schäuble: “Without European unification, there would be no German unity”

The ECB accuses the politicians of inaction, continues injecting billions to banks

This young activist explains how to change the world in 3 steps

Refugees now make up 1% of the world’s population

Social, cultural diversity ‘an enormous richness, not a threat’ Guterres declares calling on investment for a harmonious future

Why economic growth depends on closing the interview gap

Top UN rights official urges transparent probe into Khashoggi disappearance

Sudan: New political transition, bolstered by peacebuilding, could bring long-term stability to Darfur, Security Council told

Sweden gives all employees time off to be entrepreneurs

How can consumers be effectively protected from insurance sellers?

Be a part of the World Forum on Future Trends in Defence and Security

IMF cuts global growth outlook, but predicts pick up later in 2019

Education critical to ensure future of forests, and reverse their destruction

Germany objects to EU Commission’s plan for a Eurozone bank deposits insurance scheme but Berlin could go along

EU Commission announces Safe Harbour 2.0 and a wider Data protection reform

Business is a crucial partner in solving the mental health challenge

Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows

230 Junior Entrepreneurs and over 70 guests attended the International Congress on “Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth”

Primary Healthcare should be strongly connected with initial education

3 lessons from India in creating equal access to vaccines

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s