Towards an EU humanitarian visa scheme?
Humanitarian visas are one possible legal avenue - or Protected Entry Procedure - allowing asylum seekers to reach the European Union safely. - While the current Visa Code makes provision for Member States to issue short-stay Schengen visas with limited territorial validity on humanitarian grounds, the provisions contain inconsistencies and lack clarity. There is no formal procedure for the examination of visa applications lodged on humanitarian grounds. - The European Parliament supports amendments to the Visa Code to provide more clearly for humanitarian visas. The LIBE Committee report... amends the Commission’s proposal for a recast Visa Code by providing for international protection seekers to request a European humanitarian visa directly at the consulates and embassies of Member States.
- Corporate author(s): European Parliament Themes: Justice and home affairs, Humanitarian aid
- Subject: admission of aliens, external border of the EU, human rights, humanitarian aid, legislation, migration policy, right of asylum, Schengen Agreement, visa policy