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Visa Information System (VIS)

The Visa Information System (VIS) is a system for the exchange of data between the Member States (MS) on short-stay visa.

Its purpose is to improve the enforcement of the common visa policy, the consular cooperation and the consultation between the central authorities responsible for visas by facilitating the data exchange between the Member States on visa applications and decisions thereto, in order to ease the visa application procedure, prevent the visa search (“visa shopping”), facilitate the fight against fraud and controls at checkpoints in external borders and on the Member States territory.

In Portugal, the right of access, rectification or deletion of personal data in VIS is directly requested to the competent national authorities.

To learn more about these rights and how to use them, please go to CNPD or the European Commission website:

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