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Visa and Immigration Consultancy Services for Schengen Visa

WHAT ARE SCHENGEN COUNTRIES?
The name "Schengen" originates from a small town in Luxembourg. In June 1985, seven European Union countries signed a treaty to end internal border checkpoints and controls. More countries have joined the treaty over the past years. At present, there are 25 Schengen countries, all in Europe.

The 25 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,  Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

WHAT IS A SCHENGEN VISA?

As of March 26th, 1995, a new type of visa - the Schengen visa - was introduced by the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

With a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen zone. Internal border controls have disappeared; there are no or few stops and checks. This means that internal air, road and train travel are handled as domestic trips, similar to travel from one US state to another. Those who traveled in Europe before Schengen Visa came into being know the difference.

WHY SCHENGEN ?

The Schengen countries have joined efforts to enhance the quality of their service to the public. A central database, common procedures and criteria for visa issuance and use of the same visa sticker with high-level built-in security are all assets for both - the schengen countries and you the visitor. Moreover, the use of a common visa system has enabled schengen countries to re-organize their office network. Today the Schengen countries are represented by professional and skilled staff at a much wider network than before and now have over 1,500 offices worldwide, of which nearly 100 are located in the United States.

The Schengen visa helps promote a unified Europe, and is therefore an important symbol of the European Union.

VISA/PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

If you intend to transit through or visit several Schengen states (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes you have to obtain your Schengen visa.

Australian citizens holding an ordinary passport do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days for all Schengen states for tourist or business purposes. Schengen visas for stays over 90 days are not available.

After obtaining a visa please check the visa details in your passport to ascertain for which country or countries you visa is valid (i.e. all Schengen states, only some Schengen states or only one country).

The border authorities are entitled to examine whether, at the time of entry, the prerequisites for entry continue to apply. This is international practice. If the prerequisites for entry or transit no longer apply, or if you are unable to provide the relevant evidence, you may be refused entry by the border authorities although you posses a valid visa.

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY (CFSP)

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) was established as the second pillar of the European Union in the 1992 Treaty on European Union signed at Maastricht. A number of important changes were introduced in the 1999 Amsterdam Treaty.

The Amsterdam Treaty spells out five fundamental objectives of the CFSP:

* to safeguard the common values, fundamental interests, independence and integrity of the EU in conformity with the principle of the United Nations Charter;

* to strengthen the security of the EU in all ways;

* to preserve peace and strengthen international security, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter;

* to promote international co-operation; and

* to develop and consolidate democracy and the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS

Citizens of the EU expect to live without fear of persecution or violence wherever they may live. EU legislation in Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) has been designed to address such concerns and deal with the complex issues of security, rights and freedoms, political asylum, illegal immigration, organised crime, drug smuggling and terrorism.

JHA rules also govern the way the EU’s national courts work together when people are involved in legal proceedings in more than one country. As more and more citizens take advantage of their rights to move around the EU for either business or personal reasons, the need for greater co-operation between national forces, customs services and legal systems is set to increase enormously.

The 1992 Maastricht Treaty formally recognised that the areas covered by JHA were a common concern among EU Member States and thus created a special law-making structure to handle legislation linked to these questions. This is often called the ‘third pillar’ of the EU, as opposed to the majority of traditional EU responsibilities in the ‘first pillar’ and the Common Foreign and Security Policy in the ‘second pillar’. However, this law-making structure under intergovernmental agreements remained a relatively slow and cumbersome process.

In May 1999 the Treaty of Amsterdam moved several key policy areas, including asylum and immigration policy and issues concerning co-operation between civil courts, into the EU’s normal law-making structures by introducing majority voting decisions

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

The Treaty of Amsterdam has given EU citizens additional fundamental rights to tackle most forms of discrimination on the grounds of nationality, race, sex, religious belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. In December 2000, a Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union was proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

ASYLUM POLICY

A pressing issue today is how to cope in an area without internal frontiers with large numbers of immigrants and asylum seekers while respecting Europe’s humanitarian traditions of welcoming foreigners and offering a safe haven to refugees from persecution and danger. While it remains up to individual Member States to decide whether or not to grant asylum, the EU has decided on an overall policy so that asylum-seekers are treated similarly by all EU countries. The EU and Australia hold regular meetings on asylum policy at Senior Official level.

POLICE AND CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION

The main tools for dealing with multinational and cross-border crime are improved and closer co-operation between the EU’s national and local police forces, and between customs authorities. These are backed up by reinforcing Europol and also by enhancing police and judicial co-operation to prevent crime, increase the likelihood of the perpetrators of crime being caught and punished, and deprive criminals of the rewards of their crimes. Europol, set up in 1992, is the European law enforcement organisation whose objective is to improve the effectiveness and co-operation of the law enforcement authorities in Member States to prevent and combat terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other forms of international organised crime.

COMBATING DRUGS

The EU has drawn up a coordinated strategy on drugs designed to put more emphasis on prevention and on reducing demand. It also aims to reinforce the fight against organised crime, strengthen police, customs and judicial co-operation and to collect, analyse and disseminate objective and comparable data on drugs in the EU.

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS

Your stay is limited to 90 days within any 6 month period. Please check each countries' requirements before assuming that you only require a Schengen for your European journey. You may be required to hold a return air ticket for some countries or other proof of onward travel.

APPLYING WITHIN THE UK

If you are applying for your Schengen visa within the UK, bear in mind you need a minimum of 3-6 months left on both your passport and your UK visa. Not many embassies will issue visas to people who are in the UK on tourist visas of 6 months duration or less.

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