How much time does it take to process a Schengen visa for India?
What’s the first step when applying for an India Schengen Visa?
You will first need to work out which India Schengen Visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work or study visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
How far in advance do I need to apply?
You must apply for your India Schengen Visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. It is advised you apply at least three weeks before you leave, however, to allow for any delays in the processing of your application.
What is the India Schengen Visa processing time?
Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, it may take up to 60 days in complex cases or if there is a backlog of applications - so apply early.
What should I do to ensure my application is processed swiftly?
The best thing to do is to ensure you are well prepared and fill in your application truthfully and accurately - as well as having all the documents you need for your India Schengen Visa to hand when attending your interview.
What documents do I need when applying for my India Schengen Visa?
You will need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you for costs up to €30,000, evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay, such as your last three bank statements.
How should I book my interview to ensure the swiftest processing time?
Once you are ready to apply for your visa, you should book an interview at a consulate, embassy or visa application center. Many countries outsource their visa processing to these third party visa application centers, which are situated in major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. If you need to travel you should factor this into your plans when applying for your visa.
Are there any other ways to speed up the processing time of my India Schengen Visa application?
Sadly, a Schengen Visa application takes a certain time to process - so it is likely to take at least 15 days. However, to ensure you avoid delays, you should apply in less busy periods such as summer holidays - something that is now possible as you can apply up to six months before you travel.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
We provide you with an instant printable insurance certificate available online to help speed up the application process.
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Frequently asked questions about India Schengen Visa processing time
If your visa is refused you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Schengen member state where you applied.
Although most countries are represented in India - those without an embassy will be represented by another country’s consulate - which you should apply to.
Most countries - especially those that utilize visa application centers - offer visa tracking services that enable you to track your application. You can also contact the embassy or consulate or visa center directly.