Nearly six million Schengen Visas have been issued in 2022 by the consulates and visa centres of the Member States located worldwide, out of over 7.5 million applications received by the same.
The number of applications submitted for the Schengen Visa last year increased by 258 percent, from 2.9 million, according to newly released statistics. However, according to VisaGuide, the numbers are still 55% lower than they were in 2019, prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, when the Schengen countries received almost 17 million applications for Schengen.
In a statement regarding the data, the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs notes that “the COVID-19 pandemic had significant effects on the demand for Schengen visa applications worldwide, with 2.4 million visas being issued in 2021, compared to 5.9 million in 2022 and 15 million in 2019.”
In addition, the press release mentions that, despite the increase in applications and visas issued in comparison to 2021, the number of visas granted for multiple entries into the Schengen Area has significantly decreased in 2022.
“Despite the overall increase in the number of applications, only 58.1 percent of the 5.9 million visas issued allowed for multiple entries into the Schengen area – a share that decreased compared to previous years (70.5 percent in 2021),” the statement reads.
However, when compared to 2019, which serves as the starting point for the comparison, the proportion of MEV visas is quite normal because, in 2019, only 59% of visas issued were multiple entry visas.
In a similar vein, 58.3% of visas granted in 2018 permitted multiple entry into the EU.
Türkiye Becomes the Top Source of Schengen Visa Applicants, Russia Is Now Second
Data show, that in 2022, Türkiye has replaced Russia as the top source of Schengen visa applicants, with 778,409 applications filed at the consulates and visa centers in Türkiye in the same year, and another in 687,239 in Russia.
India is recorded third with 671,928 applications, Morocco fourth with 423,201, and Algeria with 392,053. Russia had the lowest rejection rate, at 10.2%, while Algeria had the highest rejection rate, at 48.2%.
On the other hand, Türkiye’s rejection rate for 2022 was 15.7%, which was slightly lower than the global average rejection rate of 17.9%.
Over Half of World Schengen Visa Applications Filed for France, Spain & Germany. Data show that over half of applications filed worldwide for a Schengen visa, or a total of 4,159,269 were lodged for three single countries:
France – 1,918,515
Spain – 1,197,457
Germany – 1,043,297
Out of the three, France also has the most highest rejection rate at 22.2 percent, followed by Spain with 19.8 percent, and Germany with 16.2 percent.
Germany, on the other hand, leads the pack when it comes to the proportion of multiple-entry visas it issues, with as many as 740,356 of those visas. France then again, gave just 40% of visas with a numerous section choice, or just 574,836 out of very nearly 2,000,000.