Warm breeze in your hair, gelato in hand and a scenic sunset over the Amalfi coast. The architectural splendour of the Colosseum and evening walks on Pont Vecchio. Yes, you are right, enchanting Italy beckons! But are you not getting a date for the Schengen Visa Appointment? Don’t let this hamper your excitement for a relaxing vacation in Italy!
About 2 million Schengen visas for Italy were applied in 2017 and roughly 7% were rejected. With such staggering statistics, it is no surprise that getting an appointment date is becoming increasingly difficult. This is great cause for concern as the days cut close to the day of travel and you are all packed, only to realise that the Visa has not been issued yet.
Fret not, we are here to put you at ease! This article will help you get a Schengen visa appointment and what to do when there are no appointments available.
How to get Schengen visa appointment – The basics
If you are planning for a Schengen visa, you will be required to get an appointment to submit your Schengen Visa application as walk-in are not entertained. You can get an appointment:
Directly with the consulate
Via authorised third party visa processing companies such as VFSGlobal
At VFSGlobal, the appointment is subject to availability. VFSGlobal is known to have a bandwidth to support about 100 applicants at the least every day. The ‘handling fee’ charged by VFSGlobal for the same, will be around $25 or above as the case may be.
Are you planning stops at multiple Schengen countries? If yes, it is imperative that you take care to apply with the right Schengen country consulate.
Once you have selected the right consulate, the next step will be to select the right jurisdiction. For this, you will have to find out the nearest consulate with whom you need to apply for the Schengen Visa appointment. You can browse our website for several articles for each consulate.
What to do when appointment dates for Schengen visa are unavailable?
Here are several things you can do when you are facing difficulty in getting a Schengen appointment.
Look for another jurisdiction
If you are finding it difficult to get an appointment date in your city, look for another jurisdiction. This may or may not work successfully as the usual observation is that most consulates are booked well in advance.
Look for another Schengen Visa Consulate
Main Schengen countries like France, Italy, Germany, have a large influx of visa applicants. This can be a great contributing factor in the unavailability of appointment dates. In such cases, you can apply at other consulates like Slovakia or Malta, as they receive far lesser applications.
What you will need to do is produce proof of tentative travel plans to that country. We can help provide you with temporary flight and hotel bookings. Once you receive a confirmation for the visa, you can travel to the Schengen country and move in an around as you please.
Wait for a Schengen Visa cancellation
Albeit risky, when all else fails, this is surely worth a try. You can wait for someone to cancel their Schengen Visa application and hope to get an appointment in their place. For this, we advise you to keep multiple tabs open for all the consulates in your city and watch intently. Do not forget to refresh.
We recommend that you do not discard this option as there have been many cases where our customers have been able to get an appointment date by patiently waiting. With a team dedicated to watching for any Schengen visa appointment openings, we can help get our clients just what they need.
If you are interested in this service, please fill our Schengen visa appointment form and we will help you with this.
Do you want us to get your Schengen visa appointment?
If you still do not get an appointment for Italy Schengen visa, we can help you get it in the following countries:
We provide this service typically for various corporate employees who need to travel to Schengen countries in a short notice of 7 to 15 days. This option, however, is subject to availability of slots in the consulate of your choice, but we also try in all the nearest consulates available.
Find out more about getting an Italy Schengen visa in 7 days here.
The price for a Schengen Visa appointment is not fixed by us, and the fees vary depending on the region of operation. We charge a flat $35 on top of this quote for our service. But do not worry, a nominal fee of only $10 will be charged from you upon filling the below form. You will be required to pay the balance amount only once we have your appointment ready.
To get your Schengen visa appointment done with us please follow the below steps:
Fill the form and make the initial payment via PayPal or direct bank transfer. You will receive an email with the form and other details.
We will respond to you with the availability of an appointment slot, city and the price for the appointment, within 8 hours.
Once we get a confirmation from you, we will get you an appointment with the reference number to verify.
Voila! You can now attend the appointment and apply for your Schengen Visa!
FAQs on Schengen Visa
Browse through the following section to have some of the FAQs answered.
Can you get me my Visa appointment?
Yes! We can surely assist you in getting a Schengen visa appointment. We can also handle the request for your family. Just fill the form below:
Is the amount payable for Schengen visa the same for adults and children?
No, the visa fees payable for children aged between 6-12 is 35 Euros while children aged under 6 years are not required to pay anything.
Can I verify the appointment on the government website?
You can verify the appointment with the government or the VFS website.
What can I expect to be asked in the interview?
You can be asked questions about your whereabouts, intended trip itinerary and other travel related queries.
Can I take an appointment for the whole family?
No, you will be required to make individual appointments for each member. However, if you make an appointment with VFSglobal, then you can make 5 appointments from a single account. The dates may vary as all 5 appointments may not be available on one day.
How long does it take to get a Schengen visa appointment?
We typically take 8-10 hours as we need to check with every consulate to get you an appointment date.
How long does it take for the visa to be processed?
We advise applicants to book appointments at least 24 hours before submission. The visa processing itself can be completed 10 days prior to the date of travel. VFS receives the last batch of passports from the concerned embassy at 4:30 pm every day. All passports are then usually dispatched on that evening and delivered the next day.
Within how much time do I have to pay once I have received the appointment date?
We make about 250 appointments a day. On a day when the demand is high, you have less than an hour to make the payment and complete the appointment. If we do not receive a confirmation from your end within an hour, we provide the appointment to someone else. Our reseller can put the appointment to auction sometimes and usually, there are always takers.
Can I pay a higher amount and get the appointment?
No, since we operate purely on first-come-first-serve basis, you will have to wait your turn.
What is the accepted mode of payment?
As of now, we accept payment through PayPal or Western Union. We also accept direct bank transfer.
In which countries do you provide the Schengen Visa appointment booking service?
We currently operate in India, US and UK.
How much would it cost to get a Schengen Visa appointment?
The cost to get an appointment varies from one consulate to another. It also depends on the urgency of procuring an appointment date. The earlier the request for a date, the more expensive it is. We charge $35 as the service fee.
Can I take the appointment for multiple applicants?
It is difficult to get multiple appointments in one day. In the case of more than 3 or 4 applicants, we can provide appointments on different dates or in different consulates.
How long can I stay in Italy if I have a multiple entry short stay visa?
The one year visa permits you to stay for up to 90 days once in six months.
What details are required from me for booking an appointment?
We will need your name, passport number, passport expiry date, passport issue date etc. You can either type this information and send it by mail or send us a photo of your passport. The information needed by the consulate varies from one country to another. We will be in touch with you in case we need additional information.
Am I needed to submit my old passport?
No, your old passport is not required for Italy visa but a copy of valid US and UK Visas and a copy of all Schengen visas issued from 2005 must be submitted.
Will I need to have a travel insurance?
You will be required to produce the travel insurance if you are applying for a short-term C-type visa. In this case, the insurance must cover the entire period of proposed stay with a minimum amount of 30,000 Euros.
Is the appointment booking refundable?
The booking fee is refundable only in the case that you cancel the booking before we get you an appointment or if we are unable to find you a slot. In the case that we make an appointment, however, we will not be able to refund you.
Do I need a separate visa to travel to San Marino and/or the Vatican?
San Marino and the Vatican did not sign the Schengen agreement. Despite this, they are considered to be a part of the Schengen area. This means that you need just Italy visa to visit these places. You can travel to other microstates as well since no border control checks are performed if entering from Italy.
My visa application got cancelled. What do I do?
We advise you to revisit the rejection letter to identify the cause of rejection. If the submitted documents were incorrect, you can apply to the same consulate or another embassy again for a visa, as you will be treated as a new applicant.
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