This week, you will learn how to process your VISA in France! The timing for this lesson is very important as there are some days where it can take up to a day or two depending on the consulate’s schedule.
If you need to know when to expect your visa, we have provided that information here so that you don’t get nervous. Make sure to check back soon!
Now that you know WHEN to apply, let us talk about WHERE to do it. We will discuss both online applications as well as going into the embassy directly.
We will also go over what kind of documents you should pack and why they matter.
It is important to note that not every country in Europe uses the common visa system. Some use their own, individual systems instead. Therefore, even if you have received your Schengen visa, it does not mean that you are allowed to enter another EU country!
Some countries may require you to apply for entry through their embassy or consulate before they will grant you permission to visit. This can be done online only so there is no way to do this remotely!
While some embassies offer fast processing times, this isn’t true everywhere. Some take weeks, if not months, to get a response back from whether or not we meet the requirements to enter.
The process to obtain a Schengen visa usually includes paying an application or service fee, booking a flight that matches your itinerary, and then traveling to meet with staff at the consulate or embassy where you want to stay.
There is typically a one-month processing time for most visas, although this can vary depending on what country you are applying in and its current workload. Some countries may require only weeklong visits so they do not have as long a wait time.
It’s important to research your destination and how long it takes to get a visa before going through the initial stages of applications. It’s also worth noting that some embassies offer “rush” services that cost more, but guarantee a faster visit. You should always go with your own budget, but if possible, try to be frugal upfront to cut down on waiting time.
The length of your trip will play a big factor in how quickly you receive your visa. If you plan on staying for just a few days, there may be no need to apply for a resident visa because you will be returning home soon. For longer trips though, you will probably want to know if you can remain in Europe past your originally scheduled departure date.
Once you have gathered all necessary documents, proof of sufficient funds to travel, and evidence that you have a place to stay while in Europe, it is time to apply for your Schengen visa!
Schengen visas are not permission to enter the country, but instead a document saying that you do NOT require a visa to visit. This makes traveling through the area much easier because you will know what countries you need a visa for and when you can expect to be allowed into the country.
Some people refer to this as ‘visa-free entry’ to the country since you do not need a visa to enter. It depends on which country you are visiting and how long you plan to stay there however, whether this applies or not.
While most European nations allow one month per person, some ask for two months or even more depending on why you want to visit the country. Some take longer due to logistics like applying for jobs or tours.
The most important thing to do is to be sure you have all your documents ready!
You can now begin preparing for your trip by buying your flight ticket, renting a car or figuring out how to get from the airport to where you live.
Once you are booked on the plane, rented vehicle or tour, go through pre-check baggage so you don’t have to worry about that. And finally, start planning for after you arrive at your destination!
By being organized early on, it will help reduce stress and keep yourself calm while you are waiting for your visa to come through. Plus, it will give you time to relax and feel prepared which will aid in feeling more relaxed.
After arriving at the airport, you will need to head off immediately to register your stay! This is an important step as it allows us to keep tabs on where you are during your visa process.
You can do this either by visiting their office in person or via their website. Make sure to check back in two weeks when you expect to be finished processing so that we have enough time to re-enter the country after you leave.
It is totally your responsibility to pay for or proofread your Schengen visa before you travel. Some countries require you to have a confirmed flight reservation as well!
It’s very common to overthink about money, but not paying visas can be disastrous when traveling. Luckily, there are many ways to save some cash by being aware of the process and how things work.
There are several types of visa fees, so it is important to know what each one is. What kind of visa you need and if you qualify for a particular type will determine which ones you must pay and who refunds them.
Some embassies offer discounts online, check first to see if this is possible. There may also be student and worker visas that do not cost much. You should always verify this though because some websites make false claims to reduce costs.
General visa fees include the application form, processing time, and reception of the documents at the embassy. This usually takes 1-2 days, although this depends on the country.
What people often forget is the exchange rate! If you transfer money to pay for the visa, you have to convert it back into your home currency, making the price more than it should be.
We recommend doing your research and finding the average prices per person directly from the Embassy website to get the best deal.
It is very important to visit an Embassy or Consulate with your visa in hand as they may ask about other visas you have, if there are any issues, or questions about this new visa, you should be aware of them!
They will also likely want to see copies of all documents that prove your identity and proof of residency and employment. This includes passports, driver’s licenses, bank statements, etc. They cannot accept it unless confirmed.
So once you make sure everything is in order at home, then you can go pick up your visa at the nearest diplomatic mission in your country. By visiting ahead of time, you will save some money because you won’t need to pay for online visa services nor would you have to send off mail applications after arriving in the country!
This article will help you know when to expect your visa and what to do while waiting.
The next step in your processing process will be to wait for visa officer’s confirmation. It is not uncommon for officers to take several days to review all documents, talk with colleagues, and make sure their paperwork is correct.
It is also common for officers to double-check whether you have enough money to stay in the country while you are there. This means that it can take some time before we get our first glimpse of when you could travel.