Schengen Agreement

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Schengen Agreement

(shĕng`ən), agreement signed in 1985 in Schengen, Luxembourg, by several European Community (now the European UnionEuropean Union
(EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the European Community (EC), an economic and political confederation of European nations, and other organizations (with the same member nations)
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; EU) to establish a mutual visa policy that would permit free movement among them. It was followed (1990) by the Schengen Convention, which allowed for implementation of the agreement; full implementation began (1995) with seven countries. The Schengen Area now consists of 26 mostly EU countries; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are also participants. A 2020 agreement calls for Gibraltar to participate as well. EU members Ireland and the United Kingdom chose not join the Schengen Area; EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania are required to eventually join. With the implementation of Schengen, the EU's external border control agency, Frontex, was strengthened. In 2015, as hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern and North African refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by land and sea, several Schengen countries reestablished border controls; border checks continued into 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic led EU nations to restrict travel for a time in 2020 to control the disease's spread.
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All Schengen states' consular posts worldwide should be connected to the VIS within two years.
That should be allowed if the visa is common for all Schengen states. And just to add a pinch of salt, it was easy applying for a visa to the UK.
VIS is at the core of the visa application process to the Schengen area and enables Schengen States to store and exchange alphanumeric and biometric data relating to visa applications of third-country citizens.
Tsvetanov stressed yet again that Bulgaria had fulfilled all Schengen requirements and was effectively guarding the EU's external borders better than some Schengen States.
He said the German Consulate will be the second diplomatic mission among Schengen states to adopt this measure in the UAE.
In all the Schengen states, the competent authorities will be able to consult the data stored in VIS, for example in the case of a person who has already made an application and is making a new application.
When the visa holder arrives at a Schengen states' border, authorities will
2015 - European Parliament votes to allow Emirati citizens visa-free access to Schengen states.
The VIS facilitates the exchange of data between Schengen states on visa applications in order to ease procedures, prevent "visa shopping" and assist in the fight against fraud.
Their admission nevertheless hangs on a unanimous decision by the Schengen states.
If Bucharest and Sofia have their work cut out, Brussels and the current Schengen states have an even bigger clean-up to do.