German Embassy in Albania to reject incomplete visa applications in an attempt to reduce visa processing times

Incomplete visa applications will be rejected, as according to the German Embassy in Tirana, these slow down the processing time.

As noted by the authority, 80% of the applications submitted are incomplete, which means that the files lack an employment contract, proof of linguistic competence or others.

“From November 1, 2021, only complete application files with all the necessary documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected once the corresponding fees have been paid. Cancel your appointment on time if you know that you do not have all the documents at the time of submission ”, the social media review reads.

According to the embassy, ​​by rejecting incomplete visa applications, the waiting time for a visa appointment will shorten and the setting up of visa appointments may become more frequent, which benefits applicants, reports SchengenVisaInfo .com.

In addition, for any short-term Schengen visa application, the fully completed and signed visa application is required, in addition to two photos taken recently and a valid passport. In addition, a round-trip reservation, travel insurance, proof of accommodation and a financial statement are required. The applicant must also present proof of the visa fee paid, which varies depending on the age of the applicant.

Previously, the governments of Germany, France and Italy had urged EU bodies to reconsider visa liberalization agreements with four European third countries, as third country nationals abuse rights granted by the agreement.

According to Radio Free Europe, Albanians, Moldovans, Ukrainians and Serbs may be reintroduced with visa requirements before reaching German, French and Italian territories, as an increase in “Offenses relating to unauthorized stay” was found among these nationals.

A previous report from the European Commission, which oversees the EU visa-free regime granted to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and the Ukraine, revealed that countries must work harder to meet the conditions set by the EU for full visa liberalization.

While restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a major impact on mobility, visa-free countries in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership must continue and step up their efforts in the management of migration and asylum and in the fight against corruption and organized crime ”, said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

Data from EASO, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), shows that the number of asylum applications lodged among Balkan countries has increased significantly, with North Macedonia scoring the highest number applicants, marking an increase of 117% over the previous year.

The second on this list are the Albanians, showing an increase of 56 percent, with 980 applications submitted, followed by Armenians (170, + 11 percent), Belarusians (390, + 54 percent) and Moldovans (880, + 74 percent).

On the other hand, the European statistics provider (EUROSTAT) reveals that the number of first residence permits issued by the EU to third-country nationals has fallen by 24%. This means that 700,000 fewer people obtained residence permits compared to 2019, marking the largest decrease in authorizations for first residence permits observed from 2013 to 2020.

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