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Visa – Implementation of the Visa Information System (“VIS”) - 05/15/2014 - Application must be submitted in person
The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, to facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including visa applicants.
As of May 15, 2014, each individual applying for a Schengen visa in the USA must appear in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
Applicants who got a Schengen visa after May 15, 2014 and got their fingerprints taken by another Schengen Member States,must not show up in person for a subsequent period of 5 years.
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