The European Union is a huge political body consisting of 28 countries that represent almost the whole world. Travel to Europe is thought to be open to citizens of all countries of the world but this is not always the case. Certain countries may have more stringent immigration rules than others and citizens of certain countries may be prevented from traveling to the EU if they do not possess the required documents. Such citizens need to apply for an E Convention even though they may not be eligible for E entry as they may not meet the general criteria to be eligible for an immigrant visa.
The most important requirement when applying for an immigrant visa to travel to Europe is the genuine intention to settle in the EU country. For many citizens of European countries travelling is a great way of exploring and experiencing another culture. However, for citizens of some European countries travelling for business reasons may result in their deportation. Business travellers therefore must apply for an EEC Permit which is easier to obtain than an immigrant visa.
Immigrants may also be eligible for an EEC visa waiver. A visa waiver is available for U.S. citizens who are travelling to Europe on business. For example, a businessman coming to France may obtain a visa waiver so that he can enter France for business purposes without having to obtain an immigrant visa. Similarly, EEC students who are studying in a specific EU country may obtain a visa waiver so that they can study in that country for the duration of the academic year. Similarly, tourists travelling to different European countries on business purposes may also benefit from a visa waiver.
Travelling within the EU is not only possible but also very convenient. Citizens of any EU country can take advantage of visa waiver bilateral agreements with various countries of the EU. These agreements allow tourists to enter the country for a specified period of time, stay for that period and then leave the country for any purpose. For example, an American citizen staying in Brussels for a week can apply for and obtain a visa waiver from the Belgian authorities and then travel to Paris. Alternatively, a British national travelling to Germany may do the same but can take advantage of a German visa waiver on return to Brussels.
EU citizens travelling to non-EU countries also have certain privileges that are not available to americans. For example, many Europeans enjoy first right of refusal when applying for tourist visas. There are also many rules regarding the use of social networks while travelling within the EU.
Certain groups of citizens are prohibited from travelling to and from certain countries in Europe. For example, citizens of Turkey, Russia, and certain African countries are banned from entering the EU. The same is true about citizens of the former Yugoslavia ( Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro). Certain cultures are banned in the united states, such as jewellery, cultural monuments, and art work.
Finally, an American citizen travelling to Europe may be subject to additional security measures. For example, there may be enhanced security checks that are done at airports. These may include random body searches, metal detectors, and x-ray machines. Additionally, there may be stricter policies concerning financial documentation. This means that if you need to purchase something, you may not be able to use your credit card to make the purchase.
Finally, an American citizen travelling to Europe can get an EUROS visa (earning of a non-immigrant visa) or a passport stamp upon arrival in most of the EU countries. To be eligible for an EUROS visa, an applicant must have a working visa (green card) or an immigrant visa. To apply for an immigrant visa, an applicant must either: be a member of a protected class (such as US citizens) or be eligible under the immigration laws of their home country. If one of these requirements is missing, an applicant can still apply for an immigrant visa but will likely not be granted one since it requires the submission of an application that includes the necessary documents to prove their identity and citizenship.