Monitoring EU visa practice

Europe without barriers and regional partners of the organization conducted 8 waves of monitoring the visa practice of the EU member states in Ukraine during 2008-2015. The results gained significant media and public resonance and inspired the formation of a further policy of issuing visas from the Schengen countries.


Period: Autumn 2015

Region: Kiev/Ukraine

The results of the monitoring based on the data of a sociological survey of 843 applicants. They turned to consular offices and visa centers of the 18 EU member states in the Kiev for the purpose of issuing a visa in the fall of 2015.

According to the monitoring results, consulates were identified with “friendly”, “neutral” and “controversial” visa practice. “Trouble” basket, present in previous monitoring waves, did not stand out this year.

Monitoring was accomplished within the framework of the project named “Monitoring of biometric technologies in visa and migration practice implementation” with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.


Period: 2012-2013

Region: Kiev/Ukraine

The study is based on data from the official EU visa statistics and public monitoring of the consulates of 19 EU countries in Ukraine in 2013 visa practice.


Period: 2012 year

Region: Kiev/Ukraine

The research covered the consular offices of 19 countries of the Schengen, Great Britain, Romania and Bulgaria (in the amount of 23 countries).

During the research, 2380 respondents (1380 in Kyiv, 900 in the regions) were interviewed in 36 consular institutions (23 in Kyiv, 13 in the regions). The analysis in the regions was conducted by partner organizations in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, Uzhgorod, Lutsk, Vinnitsa, Sevastopol.

As a result, four consular services baskets were created with “friendly”, “neutral”, “contrast” and “problem” visa practice.


Period: Summer 2011

Region: Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lutsk, Lviv, Transcarpathia, Donetsk, Mariupol

During the monitoring were interviewed respondents who contacted the EU consulates in 7 regions of Ukraine.

According to the results of the survey, consular offices were identified with the most problematic practices. The dynamics of refusals were perceived. The level of observance of the Visa Code regulation on the need for a written substantiation by consular officers in case of the visa issuance refusal and explanation of the appeal procedure has been studied.

More about the monitoring results can be found at the links:

Check-in visit to the consulate: bureaucratic nonsense or an extra chance to obtain a visa? (Europe without barriers)

Visa without a trip to the capital: the most friendly and unfriendly consulates in the regions (Ukrainian Truth)

The experts presented the results of the visa practice monitoring of the EU countries and the Schengen area (Transcarpathia Post)


Period: Summer 2010

Region: Kiev/Ukraine

In the monitoring process, All essential elements of the visa procedure were generalized in the monitoring process. The ratings of the twenty consular services of the EU member states and the Schengen zone were formed.

The study examined the visa practice of 31 consular institutions in 9 cities of Ukraine (20 in Kyiv, 11 in the regions). Based on the received data, the rating of consular establishments was first formed.

One of the monitoring elements was a two-stage survey of consular institutions visitors that were undergoing the procedure for obtaining a Schengen visa. The survey covered 1860 respondents.


Period: Summer 2009

Region: Transcarpathia/Ukraine

The Center for Strategic Partnership within the framework of the Public Initiative of the Expert Organizations Consortium and analytical centers of Ukraine “Europe without Barriers” monitored the visa issuance by EU countries consular offices in  Transcarpathian region.

The survey was conducted using questionnaires, included observation and interviews.

A total of 1084 respondents were interviewed.

WAVE 1-2

Period: July-August 2008 (I), November 2008 (II)

Region: Kiev/Ukraine

The research was conducted by interviewing respondents at the exit from the consulates (or visa centers) in two stages. The sample number was 840 respondents. It covers the applicants of the 11 countries consular offices of the Schengen zone located in Kyiv (10 consulates and visa centers) and other regions of Ukraine (11 consulates). That is 40 applicants per consulate.

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