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Na­tion­al Unit of the Eu­ro­pean Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS)

On 11 Oc­to­ber 2011, the Eu­ro­pean Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (VIS) be­came op­er­a­tional on the ba­sis of the Reg­u­la­tion (EC No 767/2008; VIS Reg­u­la­tion). The VIS is sup­posed to help to pre­vent threats to pub­lic se­cu­ri­ty and visa fraud, to fa­cil­i­tate checks at the ex­ter­nal bor­ders and with­in the ter­ri­to­ry of the mem­ber states as well as to al­low the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turn of il­le­gal im­mi­grants by a trans-Eu­ro­pean in­ter­change of da­ta on visas is­sued for short-term stays. The stored da­ta in­clude a pho­to­graph of the ap­pli­cant, in­for­ma­tion on the visa ap­pli­ca­tion, and fin­ger­prints.

For this pur­pose, the VIS pro­vides for in­stance an au­to­mat­ed fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of for­eign­ers need­ing a visa at its dis­pos­al, name­ly the Bio­met­ric Match­ing Sys­tem (BMS).

The Fed­er­al Min­istry of the In­te­ri­or nom­i­nat­ed the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion as na­tion­al unit, which pro­vides all au­thor­i­ties con­cerned with ac­cess to the VIS. Apart from build­ing the nec­es­sary in­fras­truc­ture, the ex­ist­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in the na­tion­al visa pro­ce­dure have been com­plet­ed by the ac­cess to the Eu­ro­pean cen­tral sys­tem.

The VIS was in­te­grat­ed both in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­ter­face for the mis­sions abroad and in the cen­tral repos­i­to­ry of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The mul­ti-an­nu­al de­vel­op­men­tal works were co-fund­ed by the Eu­ro­pean Ex­ter­nal Bor­ders Fund (EBF) from 2008 to 2011.

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