New Procedures for Schengen Visa under embargo until 6 May 2012 (07/05/2012)

The Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has announced that all consulates of Schengen States in Amman will apply a new procedure for visa applications through the Visa Information System (VIS) which will start in Jordan and other countries as of 10 May 2012.

Consular sections will collect biometric data - fingerprinting of ten fingers - from all visa applicants. Consequently, all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, shall be required to present themselves at the consular sections in Amman at the time of their visa application.

Commenting on the new procedure, EU Ambassador to Jordan, Joanna Wronecka, said:

"The Visa Information System is a central database which supports the exchange of data on short-stay visas between Schengen States. It is a key element of the EU common visa policy aiming to establish a common area of freedom, security and justice. It is a step forward to enhance legitimate mobility and increase security of Jordan's citizens when they travel to the EU. It will also simplify the process and make it faster for frequent visitors to the EU."

The use of biometric identifiers during the visa application process will better protect applicants against identity theft. It will also prevent false identifications which in certain cases lead to the refusal of the visa or of entry. Additionally, it will help Schengen States process visa applications and border control procedures in a more efficient manner.

Visa applicants will only have to come to the consulate for the collection of fingerprints every 5 years. The procedure will be quick, simple and discreet. Visa applicants will find it easier establishing the lawful use of previous visas and their bona fide status, for instance when applying for a multiple-entry visa.

Lina Abu Nuwar,
Press and Information  Officer
European Union Delegation to Jordan
(06)4607000, ext. 108