The 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 before you get that gelato, make sure that you have an Italy Schengen visa appointment date set.
The applications for Schengen visa for Italy received in 2018 were around 2 Million, and among them, around 7.4% of visas were not accepted. With such staggering statistics, it is no surprise that getting an appointment date is becoming increasingly difficult. This is a 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 was not issued yet.
Worry not, we are here to put you at ease! This article will help you get an Italy visa appointment and what to do when there are no appointments available.
How to get Italy Schengen Visa appointment – The basics
If you’re wondering how to apply for Schengen visa for Italy, the most critical part of the entire process is Italy visa appointment.
When are done arranging proper documents and forms for your Italy Schengen visa, it’s time to schedule the visa appointment because walk-ins are not at all entertained. 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 guaranteed. You can get an Italy visa appointment:
- Directly with the appropriate France consulate in your country
- Via authorised third party visa processing companies such as VFSGlobal
At VFSGlobal, the appointment is subject to availability. VFSGlobal is known to have the bandwidth to support about 100 applicants at the least every day. The ‘handling fee’ charged by VFSGlobal will be around $25 or more 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.
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.
Try applying at a city under a different 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. Also, you need to provide an additional reason why you are applying for Italy visa at a different jurisdiction.
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
Another thing you can try when all else fails is to wait for a cancellation although this is risky but 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.
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 an Italy Schengen Visa appointment is not fixed by us, and the fee varies 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 Italy Schengen visa appointment done with us please follow the below steps:
- Visit Schengen visa appointment.
- 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!
Common questions you might be asked in the interview:
- Why is the purpose of your visit?
- Is your trip sponsored? If yes, by whom?
- Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have been married?
- Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they, what do they do and where are they?
- Do you have any close family or friends in the Schengen area.? If yes, when did you meet the last time?
- Where do you plan to stay?
- What is your educational qualification?
- How will you travel from one place to another?
- How do you guarantee me that you will come back?
- Which company do you work for?
- What does your company do?
- What is your profession?
- What is your role in the company? How many years of total experience you have
Frequently Asked Questions about Italy Schengen Visa
How can I book Italy Schengen Visa appointment?
We can assist you in booking the appointment for Italy Schengen visa. You only need to fill a small form for Schengen visa appointment.
Is the amount payable for Italy Schengen visa the same for adults and children?
Schengen visa fee for adults is 80 Euros as per recently update on February 2020. The fee for children aged 6-12 is 40 Euros while children below 6 years are not required to pay anything.
Can I verify the Italy Schengen visa appointment on the government website?
Yes, 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 personal questions to validate your documents, questions about your intended trip itinerary, your previous trips, or any other travel-related queries.
Can I take one Italy Schengen visa 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 an Italian 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 Italy Schengen 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 Italy Schengen visa appointment date?
We set up around 250 appointments a day. During some days when the demand is high, you will have to pay within an hour to complete the setup of your Italian visa appointment. If the payment is not made within the timeline, our reseller can release or auction the said appointment to someone else.
Can I pay a higher amount and get the Italy Schengen visa appointment?
The operations are made on the first-come-first-serve basis so paying an additional amount for a faster appointment is not in provisions. You will have to wait for your turn.
What is the accepted mode of payment?
As of now, we accept payment through PayPal, PayU Money, Western Union, or direct bank transfer.
In which countries do you provide the Schengen Visa appointment booking service?
We currently operate in India, the US, and the UK.
How much would it cost to get an Italy 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 of me for booking an Italy Schengen visa 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 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.