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France issues most short-stay Schengen visas in 2017

For yet another year, France tops the table for having received more applications for short-term visas than any other Schengen country, according to the Schengen Visa statistics for consulates in 2017, published by the Migration and Home Affairs

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VFS Global to launch new German visa centres in GCC

VFS Global, a leading outsourcing specialist for governments, will be launching German visa application centres in 10 new countries including  UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain. The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has selected VFS Global t

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Businesses ponder cost of Schengen collapse

European business is increasingly concerned about the potential collapse of the region's 26-nation border-free zone under the pressure of a huge influx of migrants, with companies from automakers to logistics firms warning of serious losses.

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Dutch govt proposes 'mini-Schengen' zone

The Dutch government has debated internally and with its allies a plan to introduce passport checks at the borders of several Western European countries in a bid to control an influx of migrants and refugees. The idea of carving out a &

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UAE passport, the most powerful in Mena

The UAE has the most powerful passport in the Mena region, which lets Emiratis travel to 113 countries visa-free, a report said, highlighting that it is the first Arab country to be granted a European visa waiver. The country&rsqu

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Netherlands opens new Schengen visa centre in Saudi Arabia

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Saudi Arabia has launched its visa application service in the kingdom, in collaboration with leading outsourcing and technology services specialist, VFS Global. The new service at the Schengen visa appl

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UAE, EU sign historic Schengen visa waiver deal

The UAE and the European Union (EU) have signed a reciprocal bilateral short-stay visa waiver agreement exempting the UAE citizens from Schengen visa. The agreement makes the UAE the first Arab country to receive such a visa waive

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Emiratis to receive Europe visa waiver

UAE tourists will be able to fly to Schengen countries without a visa following a recent decision by the European Union, which will come into effect in the coming months. A senior European diplomat confirmed that the internal process am

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Two new Sweden visa application centres open in UAE

The Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi has outsourced its visa application process to VFS Global, a global outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide. People who want to apply for Scheng

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Move to ease Schengen visa process in Bahrain

European embassies in Bahrain have doubled employees and extended working hours to ease the delays faced by Bahraini citizens applying for Schengen visas. This emerged as Foreign Ministry's under-secretary Abdulla Abdullatif h

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