How to Make Schengen Visa Appointment Without Using an Immigration Agent

How to make Schengen visa appointment

If you are traveling to a country that needs a Schengen visa, then you need to ensure you apply for it before you travel. The country you come from will determine where you set up your appointment from and whether you do it in person or online.  Here are some of the steps you need to follow when applying for a Schengen visa.

Set up the appointment

The first thing you need to do is set up your visa appointment. To do this, visit the consulate of the country you plan to visit. You can go to their website or visit their physical address.  It is important to remember that if you want to visit multiple Schengen countries, you should apply for a visa with the first country whose borders you will be crossing.  If there is no consulate in your country, then you can apply for the visa at a visa application center. These centers often require you book an appointment beforehand.

How to apply for a visa for a Schengen country with no consulate

You can always confirm if there is a different Schengen consulate that can handle visa applications for that country. To make this easier, it is best you apply for a visa with a neighboring Schengen country to the one you plan to visit. Once there, you can then apply for a visa to said country. Should you be confused over this step, talk to the Ministry of Foreign affairs in your country and they will give you a solution on what can be done.

Best time to set up the visa appointment

It is recommended that you set up your visa appointment at least 2 to 3 months before you travel. Doing so ensures you have enough time to prepare. It also takes about 2 weeks after your appointment for you to know if you were successful. Planning ahead also ensures you do not have to worry about not getting a slot for your appointment since peak travel seasons always mean there are limited slots available.

Documents needed for the visa appointment

The specific documents for the visa appointment vary based on what your purpose of visit is. Despite this, there are certain documents that you must ensure you have with you. Here are the documents you will need, no matter what visa or country you plan to visit.

  • Completed visa application form
  • Passport
  • Passport size photograph
  • Travel itinerary
  • Proof of funds
  • Schengen travel insurance

Apart from these documents, there are also other documents that you might need to carry. You can find a list of these on the website or simply ask your consulate for further direction on the same.

Bringing company for the meeting

While you might decide to go for the appointment with someone, the interview will only be for the applicant. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. If you are a minor, someone with special needs, or an adult above 80 years old, then you can be allowed to have someone accompany you for the interview.

Cost of a Schengen visa

There is a standard fee of €80 per adult. You can settle this using cash, card, or debit transfer.  Since different embassies have different payment options, always remember to carry cash with you.

What to do if your application is rejected

Here are some of the things you can do if your visa is rejected:

  • Review the reason for rejection to get insight on what to do next time
  • Figure out what your options are
  • Get legal advice if you feel the decision was unfair
  • Apply again, bearing in mind the previous reason for rejection.

Getting your Schengen visa ensures that you have no issues once you arrive in the country in question. The steps above will act as a guide on what needs to be done and what should be avoided. Ensure you take your time when applying for the visa so you are successful the first time.

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