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  • VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM (VIS)

  • 2 December 2015

    Please be informed that on November 20th 2015 the Visa Information System (VIS) was implemented in the United Kingdom.

    The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

     

    This new procedure for visa applications means that the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London as form November 20th collects fingerprints and digital photos from visa applicants and that the applicants’ data is stored in the VIS.

     

    First –time applicants will always have to appear in person when lodging the application in order to provide their photograph and fingerprints. For subsequent applications within 5 years the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.

     

    Nevertheless please be informed that in case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London shall collect again fingerprints within 5 year period specified above.

     

    In accordance with Article 13(7) of the Visa Code, the following categories of applicants are exempted from the requirement to provide fingerprints:

     

    • children under the age of 12;
    • persons from whom fingerprinting is physically impossible;
    • heads of State or government and members of a national government, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member State government or by international organisation for an official purpose;
    • sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member State government or by international organisation for an official purpose.

     

    Please note that as from November 20th 2015 visa applications sent by post form applicants who did not provide their fingerprints before will not be accepted.

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