The European Commission has proposed to digitalize the Schengen visa process.

Key Points:

  • Under the proposal, the Commission intends to replace the current Schengen visa application process with an online application. The proposal would also replace the visa sticker with an electronic sticker.
  • The Commission intends to fully digitalize the Schengen visa process by 2025.

Additional Information: The proposal marks the first step in introducing new legislation. More information regarding the EU’s proposal and legislation process is available here. The Commission’s official statement is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Commission made the proposal to improve the visa application process and reduce costs and burdens placed on Member States and applicants. BAL will provide updates on the proposal as it moves through the EU legislative process.

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