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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM (VIS)

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    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland hereby announces that beginning May 15, 2014, all Schengen States' consulates in the United States of America will use the Visa Information System (VIS).

     

    The VIS is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay (up to three months) visas between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external borders as well as to enhance security.

     

    For the VIS, individuals applying for a Schengen visa will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph). It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. Biometric technology will better protect visa applicants against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to refusing a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. It is used commonly in the EU to make travel documents more secure (e.g. for the issuance of passports to EU citizens, including diplomatic passports holders).

     

    Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for:

     

    • children under the age of twelve;
    • persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
    • Heads of State and members of national Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organizations for an official purpose;
    • Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organizations for an official purpose.

     

    For more information, visit:

     

    http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/e-library/docs/vis_factsheet/visa_information_system_factsheet_disclaimer_ec_lr_en.pdf

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