VIS to start operations in four new regions

‚ÄčAs from 15 May 2014 all Schengen States' consulates in North America, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Australasia start to use the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay (up to three months) visas between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.