Schengen Visa Processing Time

Europe is an ideal destination for travel. The Schengen visa makes traveling to Europe simple by allowing access to 26 countries without border controls between them. Popular countries like France, Germany, Spain and Greece are all included in the Schengen countries. Today we will be talking about the Schengen visa processing time and how to avoid delays. 

Schengen Visa Processing Time
Schengen Visa Processing Time

The Schengen visa is a short stay visa. It allows the holders to travel across the Schengen area. The Schengen area consists of 26 countries. The Schengen visa countries are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The three major categories of Schengen visas are the:

  • Uniform Schengen Visas (USV)
  • Limited Territorial validity visas (LTV)
  • National Visas

Under these categories of Schengen Visas, the types of Shengen visas issued to applicants are the:   

  • Tourist Schengen Visa
  • Business Schengen Visa
  • Student Schengen Visa
  • Working Schengen Visa
  • Transit Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa Processing Time 

When to apply for the Schengen visa 

The recommended time to apply for the Schengen visa is three to four weeks before the applicant’s upcoming trip. The rules allow the applicant to apply six months before the plan to travel. Countries like France and Germany have to process an especially large number of applications. Please allow for some extra time if applying to these countries. 

The European summer holiday period (July to August) and other busy times of the year would also be a good time to leave extra time for the processing of the application. 

The applicant can apply for the Schengen visa by:

  • filling out the Schengen visa application form
  • Booking an appointment at a consulate, embassy or visa application centre

Processing Time 

Generally the applicant will have to wait at least 15 days for the Schengen visa to be processed. The application is processed on a case by case basis, and in certain situations embassies can take up to 30 or 60 days.

If the applicant’s visa application process has been more complex, it may take longer to process their application. An example of this would be having to provide a significant number of supporting documents to officials for verification. 

If the applicant is travelling in a friend or family group, this can also increase the processing time. 

How to Prevent Delays 

The applicant can prevent delays in the processing of the visa application by:

  • Clearly and concisely filling out the application
  • Ensuring that supporting documents are readily explainable

Schengen Visa from India 

In India, the applicant can apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the country they are planning to visit. If they are planning to visit more than one country, they can apply at the embassy of the country they are planning to spend more time in. If the applicant will be spending the same amount of time in multiple countries, they can apply at the embassy of the country where they will land first. 

The applicant can fill The Shengen visa application online. 

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What is the general time it takes for the Schengen visa to be processed ?

It generally takes 15 days to process.

Can it take longer than 15 days for the Schengen visa to be processed ?

Yes it can take up to 30 to 60 days due to various circumstances.

How long before a trip should the applicant apply for the Schengen visa ?

General recommended time is three to four weeks before the upcoming trip.

If the applicant will be traveling in a group, will it take longer to process the visas ?

Yes this is very likely.

How many countries does the Schengen area consist of ?

26 countries.

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