21.09.2010 / 09:45
Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) took effect on 5 April 2010.
The Visa Code establishes legal framework for the application of the common visa policy as regards short-stay Schengen visas in the countries that are part of the Schengen area. The Visa Code became part of the Czech legislation on its effective date (5 April 2010). It terminated the previous rules on short-stay visas set out in Act No. 326/1999 concerning the residence of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic as amended.
The operational instructions on the practical application of the Visa Code are set out in the Handbook for the processing of visa applications and the modification of issued visas and its Annexes and the Handbook for the organisation of visa sections and local Schengen cooperation (Handbook 2).
The basic rules of the Schengen visa policy according to the Visa Code:
- Competence to examine and decide on an application (Article 5)
- The rules on consular territorial competence are modified (Article 6)
- Practical modalities for lodging an application (Article 9)
- Personal appearance of applicants (Article 10)
- Collection of biometric data (Article 13)
- Supporting documents (Articles 14 and 15) – documents indicating the purpose of the journey, proof of sufficient means, travel medical insurance
- The general visa fee remains EUR 60; however, there are new exemptions: children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years pay only EUR 35 or may benefit from a visa fee waiver
- A uniform application form (Article 11)
- The admissibility of an application(Article 19)
- Collection of fingerprints, according to the Regulation on Visa Information System (at the consulates where VIS was introduced)
- Representation arrangements between the Member States as regards the issuing of Schengen visas (Article 8)
- Cooperation with external service providers (Article 43).
The “D” visa (long-termi visa) authorizes the holder to stay in the territory of the Member States for a period not exceeding 90 days in any 180 days period.