In the previous year, the ratio of Schengen multiple entry visas issued in Ukraine increased (52.4 in 2014 and 56.8 in 2015). The European Commission released statistics on the last year’s accomplishments in the work of all consulates of Schengen states (Yevropeiska Pravda).
Slovenian consulate proved to be the easiest way for Ukrainian citizens to get a multiple entry visa. 99.7 percent of applicants from Ukraine who got visas in 2015 through the Slovenian consulate were granted the right of multiple entries to Schengen states. On the other hand, the rate of visa denials in Slovenia’s consulate made 4.5 percent, which is considered above average. In 2015, some 5 thousand Ukrainians went to Slovenia either for business or recreation purposes.
Lithuania and Poland took second and third places in the ranking, respectively. In 2015, 79.4 percent of Ukrainian applicants received Schengen multiple entry visas through Lithuanian consulate; the rate of visa denials here totaled 1 percent – one of the lowest among consulates of Schengen states.
During the past year, Polish consulates in Ukraine issued multiple entry visas to 72.2 percent of applicants. At the same time, various consulates showed different approaches to the matter; the ratio of issued multiple entry visas equals from 45 percent in Odesa, southern Ukraine to 79 percent in Vinnytsia, central Ukraine. The rate of denials in various Polish consulates made from 1.4 to 12 percent.