The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States. These States share a common area of free movement without internal border controls. They have a common visa policy which includes exchanging information on visa applicants.
The specific objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa procedures, to enhance the security of the visa application process and to facilitate visa checks at the external borders of the Schengen Area.
The visa applicant's biometric data (10-digit finger scans and digital photograph) is collected. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is recorded in a secure central database. Data is kept in the VIS for 5 year.
Any person has the right to be informed about his/her data in the VIS. Any person may request that inaccurate data about him or herself be corrected, and that unlawfully recorded data be deleted by lodging the form for this purpose and sending it to the following e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Informative brochure: EN / FR
Model letter for requesting access / deletion / rectification to VIS:
Model letter for requesting access to VIS (EN)
Model letter for requesting rectification in VIS (EN)
Model letter for requesting deletion in VIS (EN)