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Schengen Visa for Indian Citizens

If you plan to travel, study or conduct business in the Schengen area, you can apply for a Schengen visa from India, offering unparalleled access to 26 Schengen countries without requiring additional paperwork. 

For more information about the Schengen visa for Indian citizens, including how to apply, eligibility requirements and expert advice, you can get in touch with us on (+44) 333 4149244, or contact us online today.

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    What is the Schengen Visa for Indian Citizens?

    The Schengen visa permits entry to Europe for up to 90 days within 180 days. Typically the visa permits travel within all member countries with free-movement across borders. It can also permit study or work, depending on the type of Schengen visa you apply for. 

    The success rate for Indian citizens applying for a Schengen visa is high with around 89% proving successful. This can vary from country to country in the Schengen area, with Switzerland and Germany among those with the highest acceptance rates.

    What are the Schengen Visa Eligibility Requirements?

    Indian citizens who apply for a Schengen visa must have a passport valid for up to three months beyond their return to India from the Schengen area. Applicants are expected to provide proof of flights, accommodation, funds, and medical insurance covering their short stay in the Schengen zone.

    Proof of Itinerary and Funds

    In addition to the visa fee, applicants must also provide proof of flights, accommodation, and funds for their short stay in the Schengen area. Proof of funds can vary depending on your trip length and your advanced itinerary, as well as the country you apply to.

    Some countries like Italy will require a fixed amount based on your length of stay, and others like Spain require a minimum amount. Most countries require proof of funds of between €50-120 a day to process the application.

    Providing flight booking or itinerary documentation is required, though some airlines and agents can ‘hold’ bookings. This ensures you are eligible for a refund on travel arrangements should your visa application be refused.

    A recent bank statement showing proof of funds is the most accepted proof of funds for obtaining a Schengen visa, however, it is also possible to submit a sponsorship letter. Other possible proof of funds, depending on the country, can be traveller’s cheques or a temporary credit card valid in the area. 

    It is best to check with an expert or check the requirements for the country of your application before proceeding, especially when you plan to travel for business purposes, or as a student. 

    Health Insurance for Schengen Visa from India

    Applicants have to arrange insurance covering medical, travel, and emergency expenses covering up to €30,000 within the whole Schengen area for the entire duration of your trip, to apply for Schengen visas.

    Schengen Visa Fees

    The cost of applying for a Schengen visa in India is currently €80 for adults, €40 for children aged between 6-12, and FREE for children under six. Visa fees can be subject to change.

    Note that from June 11, 2024, there is scheduled to be an increase of 12% meaning a cost of €90 for adults and €45 for children aged six and above.

    Fees are typically paid by credit/debit card to the application centre, or via bank transfer in local currency to the consulate. Visa fees are non-refundable, including in the event of rejection.

    Children under the age of six qualify for a visa waiver, in addition to school pupils, students, and accompanying teachers on educational trips. Researchers and not-for-profit representatives are also eligible for the waiver when aged 25 or under.

    Those with a positive history of using the visa can apply for longer stays. 

    Longer Stays for Regular Schengen Travellers

    Indian nationals can apply for multi-entry visas with extended validity. Under the new ‘cascade’ policy, you can apply for a Schengen visa allowing multiple entries if you have successfully used two Schengen visas in the previous three years.

    The cost of the long stay multiple-entry visa is the same, but allows Indian citizens to re-enter for multiple trips of less than 90 days within a longer period, typically two years. This does not apply to first-time Schengen visa applicants.

    What are the Types of Schengen Visa

    The Schengen Tourist Visa permits the holder to a maximum stay of 90 days within six months of the issue date. Holders can travel within the Schengen area using this visa.

    The Schengen Student Visa permits admission to educational institutions within the Schengen area for the duration of your visa but restricts employment.

    The Schengen Business Visa permits holders to travel within the Schengen area to conduct business activities including conferences and meetings. For engaging in further business activities including paid employment or activities, travellers will require a work permit. 

    All Schengen visas have three possible types: single entry, double entry, and multiple entry. Each visa permits holders to a designated number of visits within the visa timeframe, and within the Schengen zone upon entry.

    Applicants can also apply for:

    A Limited Territorial Validity Visa permits travel only to and in the member state applied for. It will not allow for travel outside the member state of the issue. This visa is mostly issued in areas of humanitarian crises.

    The National Visa is intended for applications to study or work in the Schengen area and must be made directly to the nation where the opportunity resides. The National visa is typically for longer stays and permits over 90 days for working or studying in the Schengen.

    Get in touch with an expert immigration lawyer today to assist your Schengen visa application.

    Schengen Visa Application Process from India

    Preparation & Submission

    You can apply for your Schengen visa in India. You will need to make an appointment at the consulate of the Schengen member state where you plan to stay first, or to the country where you are to spend most of your time. You must assemble all documentation.

    Visa Appointment

    You will have to arrange a visa appointment at the consulate you make your application to. During the visa appointment you will be required to submit biometric data (digital photography and fingerprints). This can only be done in person. In most cases, you must have a pre-booked appointment ahead of your visa application. You are permitted to reschedule this up to two times.

    Processing

    The process of handling the visa once submitted can take 15-45 days. It’s important to leave time for submitting your documentation, your visa meeting, and advisory sessions.

    It is recommended to apply for a visa in advance in India, allowing a minimum of four weeks, especially during busier periods like European summertime. It is also advised to leave longer if you are applying to major destinations like France and Germany. You cannot apply for the visa more than six months in advance. 

    It is important to remember that the visa processing time is a guide and you will not be refunded for failed travel plans, or for any delays in the handling of the visa. The Schengen visa has no formal advised processing time.

    Some consulates can process applications faster in case of emergencies or urgent trips.

    What are the Factors Influencing the Processing Time for Schengen Visa Applications?

    • Incomplete or inaccurate documentation can lead to delays in processing.
    • Travel history of the applicant, including any rejected or overstayed visas
    • The volume of applications
    • Providing insufficient proof of funds can result in rejection
    • Not presenting a clear purpose of travel could delay your application process, or result in rejection

    Translation and Legalisation Requirements for Indian Documents

    All documents submitted as part of your application must be presented in English or the official language of the Schengen country you are visiting. Translations must be certified and legalised by an apostille (in countries that are part of the Hague Convention) or through affectation by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in India, and then by the respective embassy of the Schengen country.

    List of Mandatory Documents for a Schengen Visa Application

    • Signed and completed Visa application forms
    • Two recent passport photographs
    • Your passport
    • Your trip itinerary, including: flight details, proof of accommodation, hotel reservations, and dates. Official documentation with specific dates and prepaid flights and accommodation are required. If you are staying with someone during your stay, you may also need to provide a letter of sponsorship.
    • Proof of funds
    • Proof of travel and medical insurance 
    • Additional documents are required based on the purpose of travel. Proof of employment and tax may be required in some Schengen countries. 
    • The Schengen Business Visa has additional requirements to submit proof of business relations, an income tax return, proof of financial stability and a business license, for example. 
    • The Schengen Student Visa requires proof of acceptance to an educational institution, a no-objection letter from your University, proof of academic achievement and proof of sponsorship, for example. 

    Please check the comprehensive list of documentation with an expert to ensure you have everything you need for a complete application. 

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    Schengen Visa Interview Preparation

    Tips for a Successful Schengen Visa Interview

    • Arrive early or on time on the day of your visa appointment. 
    • Prepare all documentation in a logical order, in advance of the interview
    • Familiarise yourself with your full itinerary and the purpose of your stay
    • Be polite, organised, and ready to answer.
    • Listen to the questions carefully and provide thoughtful, confident answers.

    Common Questions Asked During a Schengen Visa Interview

    • Where do you plan to stay?
    • Do you have travel and medical insurance?
    • Can you provide evidence of your financial situation?
    • Do you have friends or relatives in the Schengen zone?
    • What is the purpose of your visit?

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    Whether you need help applying for the right kind of Schengen visa for your needs or require one-to-one advice on relocation to the Schengen area, we make your Schengen visa application simple.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Familiarise yourself with local emergency numbers (112 for general emergencies) inside the Schengen zone.
    • Travel with your Indian embassy contact details
    • Travel with your travel insurance information and contact details
    • Refer to official government sources for updated information.

    Overstaying your visa can result in fines, deportation, and a ban on entries to the Schengen zone in the future.

    Renewal is rarely accepted except in cases of serious personal reasons. In most cases, a new application must be submitted once you have returned to India.

    • Submit an appeal letter within 15-30 days (or otherwise stated) outlining why you think the decision should be reconsidered.
    • Send a copy of the rejection letter with any additional supporting documents
    • The timeline for the denial process can be weeks to months depending on the consulate.
    • If an appeal is unsuccessful, legal action could be taken in the administrative courts of the Schengen country.

    Germany is considered the easiest Schengen country to apply to with a success rate of 99%. Italy has a high rate of success with only 11.5% of applications facing rejection. Estonia, Malta, Slovenia, Greece, and Portugal have the lowest acceptance rates with 30-56% facing rejection

    Applications can be tracked using the application reference number and the applicant’s date of birth on the official visa application centre or consulate website.

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