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A press conference on the launch of the visa information system (VIS) in Armenia took place on 19 June 2015. It was organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia, jointly with the resident embassies of the EU member states participating in Schengen cooperation. All Schengen states’ consulates in Armenia will start using VIS as of 23 June 2015. Applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photo) when applying for a Schengen visa. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. This recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which, in certain cases, can lead to refusals for a visa or entry to a person who is in fact entitled to enter. It is commonly used in the EU to make travel documents more secure.
10450763_860704107316853_5176309588476704927_nDuring the press conference Dirk Lorenz, the Acting Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, explored VIS in more detail: ‘VIS is something we are doing not only in Armenia – we are doing it around the world. Armenia is the 17th region in which we have introduced it; the aim is to have it in place all around the world. VIS is, essentially, a database which supports data exchange on short-stay visas between Schengen states; basically, it connects all relevant services so they can have full access to all data, including the visa application history of Armenian citizens, providing full transparency in the process. The EU Commission is currently working on an amendment to the visa code to make it easier in the future for VIS-registered applicants to get multiple-entry visas. I would like to remind you that, from 1 January 2014 we have had a visa facilitation agreement in place between the EU and Armenia which has made it cheaper, easier and quicker for Armenian citizens to apply for visa’.
Therefore, as of 23 June 2015, first-time visa applicants will have to appear in person when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints. For subsequent applications within 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.
Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement include: 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 organisations for an official purpose.