EU - Indians Can Get Long-Term Visas

Arno Froese

The European Union (EU) has adopted a more favorable Schengen visa rule for Indians which will allow them to get multiple entry visa with longer validity up to five years. Unlike the US which gives 10-year visitor visas, Schengen visas have been a pain point for Indian travelers due to their short validity which requires multiple applications a very cumbersome process with tons of paperwork required from a majority of desi frequent travelers.

The change comes after the European Commission on April 18, 2024, adopted specific rules on issuance of multiple entry visas to Indian nationals, which are more favorable than the standard rules of the visa code that applied to date. 

This decision comes in the context of strengthened relations under the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, which seeks comprehensive cooperation on migration policy between the EU and India, with facilitation of people-to-people contacts being of key aspect due to the importance of India as a partner for the EU.

-timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 22 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

When traveling as a tourist or visiting family, most European countries grant up to 90 days. But for innumerable other reasons, the issue becomes difficult. The article mentions that in the UK, “longer term visitors visas [cost] a very steep fee.”

For the United States, a Google search reveals: “Additionally, there are strict requirements on studying in the United States as a visitor. While B-1 or B-2 visas may be valid up to 10 years, visitors on B-1 or B-2 will only be permitted to stay in the United States for a short duration (maximum 6 months), as granted by US Customs and Border Protection upon arrival.”

The visa issue will not go away but increase, as more people the world over are financially able to travel almost anywhere at any time. What was unthinkable just a century ago is today a normal, day-to-day occurrence. 

We may not realize how the world has become one. A Google search reveals that every day, there are about 100,000 flights taking off and landing around the globe, carrying about 6 million people from point A to point B. This kind of progressive development is global. That means another giant step towards the final implementation of globalism.

Here we are reminded of the Psalmist, who proclaims: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed” (Psalm 2:1-2). Notice that this speaks of the heathen, the kings of the earth, united. In Acts 4:26-27 we read: “The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together.” While, objectively speaking, the rulers of the earth had no knowledge of the crucifixion of Jesus, in the spiritual, invisible world, we see the working of the spirit of Antichrist: the world united and, please notice, “and the people of Israel.” What is the significance of that statement? Israel is merging with the gentiles, which fulfills the Lord’s statement: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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