Travelers will now be allowed to submit applications for a maximum of 6 months, which was earlier 3 months. All applications must be submitted no later than 15 days from the trip. The new regulations also aim to make the visa application process easier, by providing applicants the chance to sign and complete application form electronically, rather than manually. Regular EU travelers with a positive visa history will have a chance of gradually extending their multiple entry visas from 1 to 5 years.
The regulations also contribute to the co-operation of third world countries regarding readmission by the introduction of a new mechanism, that uses visa processing as leverage.Non-cooperating countries may be subjected to stringent visa processing as well as higher visa fees. On the other hand, co-operating countries could benefit from an extension in the validity period of multiple entry visas, or reduced visa fees.