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Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS)

The BVA main­tains a part of the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem da­ta stock and trans­mits these da­ta to Ger­man mis­sions abroad and for­eign­ers au­thor­i­ties.
On 14 June 1985, France, the mem­ber states of the Benelux Eco­nom­ic Union and the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many signed the Schen­gen Con­ven­tion (CISA) on the grad­u­al abo­li­tion of checks at the in­ter­nal bor­ders of the con­tract­ing par­ties, al­low­ing free trav­el. To off­set the se­cu­ri­ty deficits re­sult­ing from the abo­li­tion of checks, the five con­tract­ing par­ties at that time agreed to es­tab­lish the Cen­tral Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS). Mean­while, 21 oth­er states have signed the Schen­gen Con­ven­tion. Oth­er coun­tries have asked to be­come mem­bers of the Schen­gen area. The cen­tral SIS is lo­cat­ed in Stras­bourg.

The sec­ond ver­sion of the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem, SIS II, has been in op­er­a­tion since 9 April 2013 mak­ing it pos­si­ble to store bio­met­ric da­ta (pho­tographs and fin­ger­prints) as well. For this pur­pose, the cor­re­spond­ing ar­ti­cles of the CISA were re­placed by two new­ly es­tab­lished le­gal bases for SIS II (EU Coun­cil Reg­u­la­tion and EU Coun­cil De­ci­sion).
SIS II con­tains for ex­am­ple da­ta on non-EU na­tion­als for whom an alert has been is­sued for the pur­pos­es of re­fus­ing en­try (e.g. for hav­ing com­mit­ted an of­fence). Each Schen­gen state has ac­cess to this da­ta in the form of a na­tion­al in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (NSIS). Ger­many's NSIS is man­aged at the Fed­er­al Crim­i­nal Po­lice Of­fice, which reg­u­lar­ly trans­mits the part of the da­ta on re­fusals of en­try to the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Au­thor­i­ties ful­fill­ing tasks with re­spect to for­eign­ers leg­is­la­tion can ac­cess these da­ta, which are op­er­at­ed as a sep­a­rate reg­is­ter on the reg­is­ter plat­form at Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al S, when query­ing the Cen­tral Reg­is­ter of For­eign­ers.

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