During 2017, Schengen consulates in Ghana issued a total of 10,347 Multiple Entry Visas, which marked a large increase of 57 of MEV visa grants compared to the previous year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Schengen countries continue to be an attractive destination for millions of visitors coming from all around the world. Among over 16 million applicants that Schengen embassies collected altogether during the past year, Ghana citizens accounted for 31,806 applicants. Compared to statistics of 2016 this noted an increase of 15% of Schengen visa applications.
Statistics revealed an impressive growth in terms of Multiple Entry Visas. A MEV visa is a type of Schengen visa that enables its holder to enter the Schengen zone any time he or she wants without needing to seek a Schengen visa every time he wants to travel. Currently, the Schengen agreement applies three types of MEV depending on how frequently you’re willing to enter the zone
- 1-year multiple-entry visa
- 3-year multiple-entry visa
- 5-year multiple-entry visa
According to official statistics, 10,347 MEV visas issued to Ghana’s citizens during 2017, weighted for more than half (53.8%) of the total Schengen visa grants in this country. During the previous year, on the other hand, there were only 6,584 MEV visa grants in Ghana sharing this way 37% of the total grants.
The Netherlands remained the top favorite Schengen destination for Ghana’s applicants as their embassy granted 6,719 visas out of a total of 9,388 applications collected. Among these Schengen visa approvals, a portion of 94.2% or 6,326 of them were MEV visas topping the list also in this aspect.
At the same time, this embassy was also a leader in terms of visa denials. In absolute numbers, this consulate rejected totally 2,601 Schengen uniform visa application which equated to 27.7% of the total applications collected at this embassy during 2017.
Overall, the list of preferred Schengen countries for Ghana’s citizens remained unchanged, with Germany, Italy and Switzerland being among top favorite destinations.
Important Schengen data related to the embassies of these countries is shown in the table below
|Schengen state||Uniform visas applied for||Uniform visas issued||The share of MEV visas||Uniform visas not issued|
A low rate of MEV visa issuance it mainly occurs in those countries which cherish a bad reputation about illegal immigration. Thus, though not directly and in a large degree, a growth in MEV visa issuances can be thought as an indication that Schengen countries are less restrictive to Ghana’s applicants and they don’t see upon them as potential illegal immigrants, which has lately turned into a main topic of confrontations and debates among participant countries.