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Visa Information System. EU Migration Law and Policy Jean Monnet Modul prof. dr. sc. Iris Goldner Lang. By Ivan Zelić. Basic terms. Schengen Area Schengen Information System Common Visa Policy Schengen Visa (short stay visa) Visits exceeding that period? Subject to national procedures.

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Visa information system

Visa Information System

EU Migration Law and Policy

Jean Monnet Modul

prof. dr. sc. Iris Goldner Lang

By Ivan Zelić


Basic terms
Basic terms

  • Schengen Area

  • Schengen Information System

  • Common Visa Policy

    • Schengen Visa (short stay visa)

    • Visits exceeding that period?

      Subject to national procedures



Common visa policy
Common Visa policy

  • Aims achieving full visa reciprocity

    • Reciprocity mechanism:

      • EU State concered -> Commission

      • Commision - > 3rd Country authorities

      • Possible retaliatory measures


Visa information system1
Visa Information System

  • Database containing information on visa applications by TCN's requiring a visa to enter the Schengen area

  • Established in June 2004 by Council Decision 2004/512/EC

  • Transitional period

    • Agency for large-scale IT systems

      • started operations on December 1, 2012


Goals of the vis
Goals of the VIS

  • Facilitating checks and the issuance of visas

  • Fighting abuses

  • Protecting travellers

  • Helping with asylum applications

  • Enhacing security


Vis in practice
VIS in practice

  • Biometric data recorded in central database

    • 10 Fingerprints

    • Facial image (digital photography)

  • Frequent travellers

  • Data remains valid for 5 years


Searching the vis
Searching the VIS

  • Verification

  • Identification

    • Biometric Matching System (BMS)

      • Information search engine

    • 70 million people fingerprints; 100 000 request per day


Data protection
Data protection

  • 5 year retention period

    • When from?

      • expiry date of the issued visa

      • date a negative decision is taken

      • date a decision to modify an issued visa is taken

  • National supervision

  • European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)


Who can access vis
Who can access VIS

  • Competent visa authorities

  • Authorities responsible for border checks

  • Asylum authorities

    • onlyto determine the State responsible for examination of an asylum application

  • Specific cases

    • National authorities

    • Europol


Thank you
Thank you!

Feel free to ask questions

Merry Christmas!