How changed visa practice in Ukraine and the Russian Federation

“The European Commission has released the annual visa statistics.

For Ukraine, it is the first statistical summary of Schengen, which fully accounts for the year of fighting, and that is why it is especially interesting.

Hardly anyone expected that in 2015 the Embassy will better relate to the Ukrainians. However, the level of problems is really discouraging.

The level of bounce Ukrainians doubled in comparison with the “pre-war time”, some consulates have just awful stats.

In this case the old arguments of diplomats that cause is in “zubožìnnì” does not always work. For example, in Russia, where the currency has depreciated by about dramatically as well, there is no similar problems in embassies. The level of bounce Russians slightly raised, while remaining extremely low, and the percentage of multiple visas for citizens of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION are growing much more than for the inhabitants of Ukraine.

Consuls in the talks say that the purely Ukrainian cause problems is … No, not war, and a sharp growth in the number of fake documents.

Although it is obvious that the risk of migration also has its impact on the decision of the consulates.

Analyzing the statistics, “the European Pravda singled out najproblemnìšì for Ukrainian Consulate, as well as those that refer to us the best international.

And as for most of the summer holidays we still do not have a visa-free regime with the EU, these data are not only interesting but also useful.

Quote Leonida Kuchma again and again finds confirmation. Visa theme is no exception. Just again confirmed that the visa policy of the EU has no connection with the policy of sanctions, despite the existing stereotype.

RUSSIAN aggression against Ukraine in Donbass and even padannâ hack does not have a significant impact on the policy of the European consulates in Moscow and other Russian cities. While in Ukraine, the change is radical.

And primarily catches the eye of another difference:

Ukrainians retain links with the EU – despite the war, the number of trips fell insignificantly. And the Russians just obrubali relationships with Europe – the number of visas has shrunk by half.

The language of numbers.

Peredkrizovomu in 2013 for the previous Schengen visas asked 1.59 million citizens. In 2014, after the revolutionary war and early winter, the number of requests for visas has dropped to 1.38 million. Last year, the number of appeals decreased to 1.23 million.

The trend is, of course, a nasty, but given the crisis, war and trikratne fall in the hryvnia is reducing quite moderate.

And now compare the statistics of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION. In 2013 it figure amounted to 7 million hits. In 2014, he fell to 5.7 mln. The results of the 2015 this level was only 3.77 million applications. One only falling rate of the ruble following the collapse, of course, does not explain.

By the way, the dynamics of Belarus here is close to Ukrainian, not Russian.

And if the number of applications we have grounds for modest optimism, refusals to provide the visa situation is much worse.

If in 2013 the average bounce rate in the Schengen consulates in Ukraine was 1.7% (and also declined every year), then last year he dramatically increased to 3.4%.

Level a considerable, though not catastrophic. For example, in Moldova before the introduction of a visa-free regime this indicator was 4.8%.

However, the performance of certain consulates frankly shocking, but poles in General, put the antirecord for all history of observations, up to 12% failure rate (more detailed statistics on the countries below).

Moreover, neither in Russia (where bounce from 2013 increased from 1% to 1.3%), Belarus (remaining stable, only 0.3% bounce rate) there is no such problem.

Obviously, rejection and there is the famous “echo,” which makes the separate consuls to beware.

A few weeks ago, “Europe without barriers” called Poland “the leader of the controversial visa practices.” Poles gave the year 457 thousand Schengen visas (and even more “national”, i.e. work, for training and long). This is a very big load on the Consulate, so Polish diplomatic institutions and application centers in hard-hit a record yesterday for the week ahead.

They thought that if we could apply the Polish “Schengen” visas are guaranteed. Statistics is not always the case.

Frustrated, the Polish consulate in Vinnytsia, which became the undisputed antilìderom rating.

The level of bounce reached 12%! This is more than in any of the Consulate in Ukraine for the last six years, when the published statistics of the Schengen area.

While in other consulates of Poland the level of bounce while growing up, but remains “within a decent”.

Should separately emphasize – this is exactly about “short” denials, the statistics of the COMMISSION do not fall.

According to the European Commission, a passport stamp or visa in Vinnitsa for a year got 5243. It is three years, more than last year, though the flow of applicants to “Schengen” in Vinnitsa declined (as elsewhere in Ukraine).

Currently the causes “of Vinnytsya an incident” is unknown. Poland during the day not denied published data.

It is noteworthy that in the summer of 2015 in Vinnitsa took place scheduled rotation of the Consul General. Statistics at the same time does not specify which part of the year have gathered these waivers.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs viewed high indices of several consulates and promised to respond: “the MINISTRY is working with European partners to determine the reasons for this level of growth failure.”

In the meantime – until the situation will not be regulated – we can only recommend if possible, refrain from submitting the visa application to the Polish consulate in Vinnytsia.

Extremely disappointed the Czech Consulate in Kiev – there’s also a very big chance of getting a waiver. In 2015, almost 7% of the applicants received a passport without a visa.

Reality has responded to numerous statements of Czech diplomats about what they supposedly became “pioneers” visa liberalisation for the Ukrainians, and began to issue “long” mul′tivìzi everyone who at least sometimes travels to the EU.

The proportion of multiple visas issued in the Czech Consulate in Kiev, Ukraine, is one of the lowest around the Schengen area – it is less than 30%.

By the way, a marked contrast from the Consulate of the Czech Republic, but in Lviv. Here is the only 1.1% bounce, this figure even decreased compared to 2004, while the share of mul′tivìz amounted to 44%.

Hardly in Lviv live wealthier people than in Kyiv; rather, simply the Czech Consul in Kiev is not really wants to see the Ukrainians in their State.

More than 4 times – from 1.3% to 5.7% – increased bounce in the Greek Consulate in Kiev. This “tour” the Embassy still has a little fame liberal for requirements, although it is known that the Greeks did not give mul′tivìzi.

The results of the 2015 the proportion mul′tivìz still decreased, and failure have increased radically.

And, again, there is a striking difference between the two consulates of one State. In the Consulate of the bounce rate is 1.6%, in Mariupol is only 0.8%. What makes the Consul “same” such a high percentage of bounce rate – is the desire to vìdvabiti tourists?

So a holiday in Greece, if you don’t have an open “Schengen”, we advise only those citizens who are on 100% sure of the successful receipt of the visa. Otherwise, you will have a high chance to spoil the passport and frustrate the rest.

Sad statistics of failures in the Estonian Consulate is up 5.3%. However, the Estonians have always had the worst performance among all the States of the Baltic States.

Traditionally hard remain Dutch, German and Swedish consulates, with a 7.2%, 6% and 5.7% bounce. These indicators were they high at all times – for example, in 2014 the Germans it was almost 5% in the Netherlands – 4.3%, in Sweden – 4.6%.

Whether or not to apply to these countries for visa right now? Because the named States are not “tourist” (here mainly go on and on a business trip), then in this case, travelers often have no choice – you have to ask. But at least it is necessary to take account of the rigid verification of consulates.

Of course, getting a visa worth it in the Schengen State where you intend to go-otherwise, you may face the problem on the border during the first entry to the EU.

Those who are only planning to travel, you can choose to leave the country, which is definitely not a “surprise” in the form of a refusal for a week or two before the trip (and such cases appear quite often).

And here is important as the level of bounce, and the ease of accessing the embassies. We estimated, based on the rating of “Europe without barriers”.

Undisputed leader of our comparison and the most friendly to the Ukraine Consulate – Lithuania.

Know about it and travel agencies, and independent travellers.

Almost 80% of multiple visas, only 1% of failures (the lowest among consulates located in Kyiv) is a compelling case to visit Vilnius.

Exactly such a low bounce rate – in Latvia. In the ranking for ease of presentation of documents it is also positive indicators.

But the choice of the Consulate of this country may be one problem: Latvia produces significantly fewer multiple visas.

Many may wonder, but is among the leaders in the rankings was Austria. Consulate of this country of the old habit is not considered friendly to the Ukrainian tourists but actually they are traditionally low bounce (2015-1.1%, in 2013 – 0.7%), and for the ease of submitting the visa application it has a good score (along with Latvia belongs to the Group of countries with a “neutral visa practice”).

However, the Austrians did not very often give mul′tivìzi-39.9% in 2015.

After these three leaders, strangely enough – a great gap to all further. Yes, there are countries with a formally low indicators bounce as France (1.7%), but it is hardly a European “edition of truth” will advise withdrawing visa there – in fact, the poll conducted by the applicants, the application of the “Europe without barriers”, the country ranks third from the end – after the Czech Republic and Italy.

Returning to the positive examples. We will highlight three more countries with a positive visa practice.

This is Slovakia, Hungary and Poland Consulate in Kiev. This list of recommendations is closed. At least, for.

Kiev misdirected Poland with the index bounce 1.8%, and almost two-thirds of mul′tivìz would be among the leaders, if not “one thing.” To view the visa application is extremely difficult, and in peak season generally maloreal′no. In the network there are hundreds of stories about the miseries of Ukrainians, in which “zgorâli” trip and other trips because of a problem with the account.

The Slovaks have even greater share mul′tivìz – more than 70%. However, more than a bounce here, about 3%. Moreover, Slovakia was the only country where visa practice does not depend on the Consulate – in Kiev and in Ukraine the figures are very similar.

And finally, the Hungarians. Consulate of Hungary – the leaders of the award visa applicants for the ease of submission for visa. There is no such hellish conditions of registration, as in the poles. However, the bounce is also a little more than 3%, and mul′tivìz is less than half.

Of course, in some countries, especially in those where failure rapidly increased in several times, “the fear of refugees” is an important factor. But definitely not the only one.

And in the embassies of the positive visa practice key problem were falsified documents.

As an example: at the Consulate of East European States “European truth” showed a pack of applications from alleged journalists, with the identities of the trade unions. Check showed that none of them had reference to journalism, and the package of documents had been falsified – the travel agency explained that “it will be easier to get a visa.”

“Despite the fact that I gathered the representatives of travel agencies and told how to do and how not to, every day we get counterfeited documents. And if the falsified documents more and more, what you do is have to deny, “he explained.

In addition to the increase in the flow of false documents, a problem for dishonest applicants is that consulates have learned to better identify the lie. In particular, Germany and a number of other countries have found an opportunity to check the accuracy of information about salary (in which applicants often declare a fantastic income).

If the Consul questioned the veracity of the document, he asks for a date. help with tax. Or statement of operations for the bank card. For “painted” the proceeds to provide these documents, of course, impossible.

“If you don’t work, then we should not tamper with the help better explain where you have income, and this might be enough. If you don’t have a bank account – no need to open an account and put there a tidy sum, because it shows that this is a bogus account and Consul General unpleasant to see this, “says Janos Kollár.

We have hopes and expectations that in the second half of 2016 to finally earn a visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine. But this awaits us during the summer vacations, and biometric Passport still has not.

So it makes sense to listen to the opinions of the consuls and not spoil yourself a travel waiver, which it is possible to get out of their own fault.

And the “European truth” is ready to continue to track the cases bezpìdstavnih bounce Ukrainians visas if the information you want about this to the editor.

Author: Sergiy Sydorenko,

“the European Pravda

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