Schengen Visa Delay: A Stress-Free Guide to Securing Your Entry Permit to Europe

Follow these guidelines and make use of available services to secure a Schengen visa

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on June 19, 2024, 17:15:41


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Europe's allure, with its cooler climates, picturesque castles and breathtaking mountains, continues to captivate travellers. However, before you can enjoy its splendour, securing a Schengen visa is a necessary step.

This guide aims to simplify the visa application process, ensuring your journey to Europe is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Understanding Schengen Visas

The Schengen Area comprises 29 European countries, allowing free movement for EU citizens and non-EU nationals with valid visas. Due to the UAE's proximity to Europe and its status as a popular tourist destination, visa demand remains high.

In 2023, applications from the UAE increased by 25 per cent compared to 2022 and 18 per cent compared to 2019. This surge has made obtaining a visa or appointment challenging. Here’s how to navigate the process effectively.

Types of Schengen Visas

  • Schengen Tourist Visa (Uniform Schengen Visa -- USV): Ideal for sightseeing, visiting family or friends, or attending short-term events. It allows stays of up to 90 days within 180 days.
  • Schengen Multiple Entry Visa (MEV): For those needing to enter and exit the Schengen Area multiple times. It allows stays of 90 days at a time within 180 days and can last for one, three, or five years.

Mastering the Application Process

Plan: VFS Global advises applying well in advance, as appointments are updated in real-time on their website. Schengen countries accept applications up to six months before travel.
Choose Your Target Country: Apply to the country where you will spend the most days or your entry point.
Prepare Your Documents: Commonly required documents include:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Evidence of financial stability (bank statements)
  • Travel insurance

Check the specific embassy or consulate website for any additional requirements.

Tips for Appointment and Application

  •  Check Regularly: Appointment slots are often updated during late hours or early mornings (9-10 AM).
  •  Cancelled Appointments: Keep an eye out for slots that open up due to cancellations.
  •  Alternate Locations: If appointments in Dubai are full, try the Abu Dhabi office.
  •  Flexible Entry Points: Apply through a less frequented Schengen country if necessary, ensuring it’s your entry point and main destination.

Additional Services

  • Visa at Your Doorstep: VFS Global offers services where professionals collect documents and biometric data at your home or office. This is especially beneficial for large groups or individuals with tight schedules.
  • Premium Services: Opt for premium lounge services for a hassle-free application process. This includes personal assistance, quicker submission and immediate biometric enrollment, with added conveniences like photocopying and photo booth services. Passports and documents are delivered by courier, with updates provided via calls and SMS.
  • Professional Help: For those struggling with the application process, chargeable services can assist in finding and securing appointments.

Follow these guidelines and make use of available services to secure a Schengen visa and ensure a seamless journey to Europe.

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