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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • SCHENGEN AREA

  • The border free Schengen Area established by 26 Schengen States of the EU has set up a common visa policy for short stays up to 90 days within every 180 days period.

    Please note that the Polish Consular Office is competent to process visa application only if Poland is your sole destination, or if your trip plan includes more destinations and you stay in Poland most of the time, or if no main destination can be determined Poland is the first port of entry to the Schengen zone.

    The Schengen Information System (SIS) is the information system that supports external border controls and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen States. The SIS enables police and border guards to consult certain categories of wanted or missing persons.

    The Visa Information System (VIS) allows to exchange visa data. It processes data and decisions relating to applications for short-stay visas to visit, or to transit through, the Schengen Area. The system can perform biometric matching, primarily of fingerprints, for identification and verification purposes. Individuals applying for a Schengen visa will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph). It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. Biometric technology will better protect visa applicants against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to refusing a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. It is used commonly in the EU to make travel documents more secure (e.g. for the issuance of passports to EU citizens, including diplomatic passports holders).

    Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for:

    - children under the age of twelve;

    - persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;

    - Heads of State and members of national Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organizations for an official purpose;

    - Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organizations for an official purpose.

     

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