EU raises Schengen visa charge to €90

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More bills await African nationals looking for visas to enter the European Union because the EU plans to extend visa charges beginning Tuesday, in line with Schengen visa statistics launched on Saturday.

The report acknowledged that ranging from Tuesday; African nationals would pay €90 as a substitute of €80 for a Schengen visa software

The report acknowledged that the EU had earned €3.4m from rejected Schengen visa functions submitted by Nigerian residents.

According to the info, in 2023, African nationals acquired 704,000 adverse responses for his or her visa requests.

“This means that €56.3m went up in smoke, considering that visa application fees are not refundable,” it acknowledged.

The report famous {that a} excessive variety of rejected visa functions had precipitated African nationals to spend thousands and thousands yearly, with the charges referred to as ‘reverse remittances’ benefitting nobody however the EU international locations.

“African nationals spent €56.3m in visa application fees in 2023, representing 43 per cent of all expenses; rejection rates in 2023 were especially high for African and Asian countries, which bear 90 per cent of all expenses. Expenditures are to increase by 12.5 per cent starting next week as the EU raises visa fees for adults from €80 to €90 on 11 June, following a recent decision by the EU Commission,” it added.

Algeria was the nation of origin for many rejected functions in 2023, representing 23.5 per cent of all quantity spent on rejected functions.

The nation additionally had the second-highest variety of rejected functions in comparison with all – 289,000 out of 704,000, representing 42.3 per cent of all requests.

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“This nationality group is especially impacted by visa rejections because it has high application rates and they are affected economically when placing visa applications” the report added.

It additional defined that Moroccans, high visa candidates from Africa for the 12 months, had the best variety of visas rejected.

 “A total of 437,000 visa requests filed by this nationality group were rejected in 2023, representing 62 per cent of the total. As per expenses, Moroccans spent €10.9m on rejected visa applications in 2023,” the report indicated.

It added that Africans have been closely impacted by these bills, contemplating that almost all of African international locations have a few of the lowest wages on this planet.

According to the report, the quantity of Africans rejected visas is 43.1 per cent of all the quantity generated by rejected functions in 2023.

A current examine by EU Observer revealed that the Schengen visa rejections generated an quantity of €130m in 2023.

“In the previous year, this amount stood at €105m, showing an upward trend of Schengen visa expenses as well as rejection rates,” the report acknowledged.

The founding father of LAGO Collective, Marta Foresti, stated, “Visa inequality has very tangible consequences and the world’s poorest pay the price. You can think of the costs of rejected visas as ‘reverse remittances’, money flowing from poor to rich countries. We never hear about these costs when discussing aid or migration, it is time to change that.”



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