UAE residents now have the option to apply for and receive a Schengen visa electronically.

Shaheen & Associates

The European Union Parliament has approved a report aimed at modernizing the visa application process in the Schengen area. The report calls for moving from traditional paper-based applications to a digital system and was adopted with 34 votes in favor, 5 against, and 20 abstentions.

According to the EU Parliament, the digitalization of visa procedures will ensure consistent practices throughout the EU and will be processed through a single online platform, allowing applicants to know which country will receive their application.

The new system is designed to work in harmony with the EU’s border management systems and databases, reducing security risks.