The Swedish authorities have said that the country doesn't use any secret algorithms to profile Schengen visa aspirants following reports that the Netherlands has been classifying aspirants.
The Netherlands was indicted of using a secret and potentially illegal algorithm to profile people applying for a Schengen visa grounded on their race, with an disquisition by Lighthouse Reports and NRC revealing that the country has been using such a system since 2015.
For this reason, Sweden gave an sanctioned statement on the matter, cheering everyone that Sweden itself treats all aspirants the same and doesn't distinguish or support similar practices.
Speaking forSchengenVisaInfo.com, the prophet of the Swedish Migration Agency said that the country has not used and doesn't presently use algorithms to profile Schengen visa aspirants grounded on their race, age, gender, and profitable background.
Also, when asked if all aspirants, anyhow of their country of origin, go through the same procedures, the prophet said that Schengen visa operations and handled in line with the Schengen visa operation law.
“ Operations for Schengen visas are handled in agreement with the Schengen visa operation law, ” the Swedish Migration Agency prophet said while noting that the period may be extended up to 45 days for certain aspirants.
Also, when asked why certain aspirants have to stay for a longer period before entering an answer on their visa operation, the prophet said that in utmost cases, this happens because the member countries need time to consult with the other countries ’ authorities.
“ The time it takes for an aspirant to admit an answer could vary within the time limit of 15 to 45 days. This may be due to the need for member countries to consult the authorities of other Member States, ” the prophet emphasised.
Analogous to Sweden, another member state, Spain, also denied allegations of using secret algorithms for recycling visa operations.
VFS Global also participated its station on the matter, saying that the company doesn't keep appointment places available only for certain aspirants or distinguish against Schengen visa aspirants in any form.
All citizens of third countries that haven't reached a visa-free trip agreement need to gain a visa to be permitted entry into Sweden or any other country in the Schengen Area.
When applying for a Sweden Schengen Visa, aspirants are needed to submit several documents.
Everyone must complete the Swedish visa operation form, submit two passport prints, their valid passport, evidence of having bought trip health insurance, a roundtrip flight diary, evidence of accommodation, and evidence of sufficient fiscal means, among others.