Visa Information System (VIS)
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The VIS is a large scale IT system which will contain information, including photographs and fingerprint data, about visa applicants. One of itsmain purposes is to fight “visa shopping”. Citizens from more than 120 countries need visas to enter the EU. The inclusion of fingerprint and photograph information is intended to allow border checks to verify whether the person presenting the visa is in fact the person to whom it was issued. The EDPS issued an opinion on the establishment of the VIS in 2005 and another about the access of law enforcement authorities to the VIS in 2006.

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