The digital online application platform is expected to be available in 2026, after which all Schengen visa applications (with the exception of a few visa types) will be submitted through it.
The applicant will be able to upload the necessary documents to a special website and receive a visa completely remotely. The platform will determine which Schengen country is responsible for processing the application and then forward it to the relevant authorities.
Thus, instead of a paper visa, the applicant will receive a 2D barcode with a cryptographic signature.
It will not be possible to obtain a visa online in a number of cases: if the applicant receives Schengen for the first time; if his biometric data is no longer valid (their validity period is five years); if your passport has been renewed. These categories of applicants will need to apply for visas at visa centers and consulates.
The innovation is designed to reduce the likelihood of visa forgery and other types of Schengen fraud.