Higher Fees And Longer Processing Times To Obtain Visa To Europe? EU’s New Plans For Uncooperative Third Countries On Asylum

17 Jun 2019, 30 mins ago

The EU have unveiled plans to link the issuing of visas to Europe with the return of rejected asulym-seekers. In practice, this means that the degree of cooperation of non-EU countries to readmit failed asylum-seekers would determine how favourable the visa process for their nationals would be. The EU believes this will incentivise improved collaboration between European and non-European countries (so-called ’third countries’) – a position that was supported by what happened when this pilot plan was put into practice with Bangladesh. Following the introduction of this project, Bangladesh significantly improved its cooperation with the EU.

This initiative will come into force at the end of this year and annual appraisals of third countries will be conducted, aiming to link deficient performance with ”specific restrictive measures”. This may include a given country’s nationals experiencing longer processing times for obtaining visas to Europe, higher visa application fees and shorter visa validity.

Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the UK was still obliged to uphold the Dublin regulations, even though it had given notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU. In practice, this affirms European asylum procedures whereby the UK must readmit asylum seekers whose first point of entry to the EU was the UK but who subsequently applied for protection in another Member State. In light of Brexit, it is still uncertain what procedure will apply to the UK following its departure from the EU.

The EU additionally revealed plans to streamline its visa processes, which will result in a general overhaul and an increase in visa fees. These visa restrictions will mainly affect Europe’s Schengen zone, to which the UK does not belong. If you are considering visiting Europe, Gherson can advise and assist all non-EEA nationals with respect to UK immigration and visa related matters. We deal with all visa categories and can provide specific immigration solutions suited to your individual circumstances and requirements. Should you wish to discuss your situation in detail, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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