The border-free Schengen Area cannot function efficiently without a common visa policy which facilitates the entry of legal visitors into the EU, while strengthening internal security. The EU has set up a common visa policy for short stays, i.e. stays up to three months, which is applied through the delivery of so-called “Schengen visas”. In 2014, the present 26 Schengen States issued around 12.7 million Schengen visas. You may find the complete data on short-stay visas lower on the website. Or for more information read the Frequently Asked Questions.