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German Embassy in Albania to Reject Incomplete Visa Applications In a Bid to Decrease Visa Processing Delays

Incomplete visa applications will be rejected, according to the German Embassy in Tirana, these applications slow down the processing time.

As noted by the authority, 80 percent of the applications submitted are incomplete, which means that the files lack an employment contract, proof of language proficiency or other.

“From November 1, 2021, only complete application files with all necessary documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected once the relevant fees have been met. Cancel your appointment on time if you know you do not have all the paperwork at the time of application,” as stated in Notice posted on social media.

According to the embassy, ​​by rejecting incomplete visa applications, the waiting time for the visa appointment will be shortened, and the preparation of visa appointments can become more frequent, working to the advantage of applicants, reports.

Furthermore, for any short-term Schengen visa application, the visa application is fully completed and signed, as well as two recently taken photos and a valid passport. Furthermore, a round-trip booking, travel insurance, proof of accommodation and a financial statement are required. The applicant must also provide evidence of the visa fee paid, which varies according to the age of the applicant.

Previously, the governments of Germany, France and Italy urged EU bodies to reconsider visa liberalization agreements with four third European countries, where third-country nationals infringe their rights granted to them under the agreement.

According to Radio Free Europe, Albanians, Moldavians, Ukrainians and Serbs can be reintroduced to visa requirements prior to arrival on German, French and Italian territories, as an increase in “unauthorized residence offenses” from these citizens has been observed.

An earlier report by the European Union Commission, which oversees the EU visa-waiver regime for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, revealed that countries need to do more to meet the conditions that they Developed by the European Union to completely liberalize visas.

“While the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on mobility, the visa-free countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership must continue and intensify their efforts in managing migration and asylum, combating corruption and organized crime,” said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

Data from EASO, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), reveals that the number of applications for asylum among the Balkan countries has increased significantly, with Macedonia registering the largest number of applicants, representing an increase of 117 percent compared to the previous one. general.

Second on this list are Albanians, representing a 56 percent increase, with 980 applications submitted, followed by Armenians (170, +11 percent), Belarusians (390, +54 percent), and Moldovans (880, +74) percent. ).

On the other hand, European statistics provider EUROSTAT reveals that the number of first residence permits issued by the EU to third-country nationals has decreased by 24 per cent. This means that 700,000 fewer people were granted residence permits compared to 2019, which is the largest decrease in approvals for first residence permits observed in the 2013-2020 period.

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