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- The European Commission introduced guidelines to assist EU
member states in implementing new changes for the handling of
short-term visa applications from Russian nationals
The European Commission introduced guidelines aimed
at assisting European Union (EU) member state consulates in
handling short-stay visa applications lodged by
Russian citizens. The EU will continue to remain open to Russian
visa applicants traveling for essential purposes.
According to the guidelines, the European Commission recommends
that member states’ consulate offices implement the following
- Deprioritize visa applications submitted by Russian nationals
for non-essential travel purposes, such as tourism.
- Extend the decision processing time period for applications
submitted by Russian nationals. Consulates have the potential to
expand timeframes from 15 days to up to 45 days for some cases so
that more thorough checks on applications can be conducted.
- Requesting additional supporting documents to be provided, such
as criminal background checks.
The Commission also advised that member states take the
- Ensure a stricter approach is taken when reassessing valid
short-term visas that have previously been issued to Russian
- Revoke short-term stay visas that have been issued to Russian
nationals who may present a security threat to the EU.
- Refrain from issuing multiple-entry visas with long validity
periods and instead issue single-entry visas with shorter validity
For additional information and insight into the proposed
guidelines for EU member states and their process for issuing
short-term stay visas to Russian nationals, check here.
What are the Changes?
The European Commission introduced recommended changes for EU
member states’ consulates to consider when issuing visas to
Russian nationals.?According to the announcement, these guidelines
are intended to assist member states in ensuring that consulates
can implement proper measures for the processing of short-term
visas following the suspension of the EU visa facilitation
agreement with Russia.
Originally published 22 September 2022
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