Schengen Visa Information

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Schengen states every year and they need the Schengen visa which allows them to travel to 26 countries listed as per the Schengen agreement. Though the schengen visa rules and regulations are same for all 26 countries there would be few changes in the rules depending on the country/embassy to handle the traffic of visitors. If you are visiting only one schengen country then the visa has to apply at the consulate/embassy office of that country. If you are visiting several schengen countries then the visa has to be taken from the main destination. Those who have planned to spend equal number of days in different schengen countries have to take the visa from the first port of entry.

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Important Points

  • Time taken to process the Schengen visa will vary in different parts of the globe. Visitors to Schengen countries are requested to apply for Schengen visa at least 6 weeks prior to the visit.
  • It usually takes 24 to 48 hours to process and issue Schengen visa for travelers. In rare cases and applications submitted in few countries may take 14 to 21 days to process documents and issue Schengen Visa.
  • Travelers have to be aware that in some consulate/embassy office you can walk in and attend visa interview. In some countries you need to take a prior appointment to attend interview which will be given only 6 weeks in advance.
  • The Schengen visa is a ‘visitor visa’ for travelers visiting Europe. The purpose of visit must be leisure, tourism, or business.
  • Schengen visa holder can travel within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period.
  • Schengen visa holders are not allowed to live permanently or work in Europe. Schengen visa holder can travel to Schengen countries as a visitor only.
  • Green Card Holders or Permanent Residents of America travelling to Schengen countries need Schengen visa.

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Documents for Schengen visa

  • Completely filled and signed visa application form. (keep a photocopy of the original with you)
  • 2 Passport sized photos (recently taken)
  • Valid passport (keep photocopy with all pages)
  • Europe Schengen visa insurance document
  • Proof of document to show sufficient financial support.
  • Proof of documents to show social connections in home country.
  • Receipt of application fees paid.
  • Proof of professional status of the applicant (optional)
  • If you are visiting friends/relatives you must have the invitation letter from them.

Schengen Visa Fees

Adults: € 60 Per Person
Children between 6 -12 years: € 35 Per Person
Children below 6 years: No Fees

There is no visa fee for:

  • Children below 6 years.
  • School/college/Post graduate students accompanying their teachers for studies or research.
  • Researchers who are visiting to carry out scientific research.
  • Members of non-profit organisations who are 25 or less than that age and travelling to participate in seminars, conference, cultural programs… organized by non profit organizations.
Note: The fees paid for visa will not be refunded even if the application is rejected. The fees will be considered as processing fee.
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