Imagine having your trip to Europe planned, hotels booked? Check. Flights tickets brought? Check. Prepared an itinerary for your adventures? Check. The only thing left to do is get your Schengen visa and off you go Only for not having any Schengen visa appointment available for the whole month !!!
Don’t be harsh on yourself for not planning earlier. The visa consulates can be notoriously incompetent with regards to taking inventory of the available visa applicants and slots available. Typically a single consulate can handle 20 visa applications a day, 20 million Schengen visas were applied in 2017 alone. The math is seriously skewed and it needs to be fixed, ASAP.
All is not lost though, in this article, we will help you in getting a Schengen visa appointment and what you can do when there are no appointments available. If you need Schengen visa appointment assistance, then please fill our form and we will handle a headache for you.
How to get a Schengen visa appointment? – The basics
When you plan for a Schengen visa, you need to get an appointment or visa slots before submitting your Schengen visa application since walk-ins are not guaranteed. You can make an appointment in two places:
- Directly with the consulate
- Via authorized third party visa processing companies such as VFSGlobal, BLSS (if available)
In both the places, the appointment is subject to availability, although VFSGlobal has the bandwidth to support at least 100 applicants any given day. VFS will charge their “handling fee” which would be around $25 or above in some cases.
BLSS is another third party visa processing company, it is best if you can avoid them but one advantage with BLSS is that you can get a priority appointment by paying a fixed fee which is around $50.There have been claims that they create false demand in order to take advantage of visa applicants.
Where to Apply for Schengen Visa?
If you are visiting multiple Schengen countries, then you will also need to make sure that you are applying to the right Schengen country consulate.
Once you are sure you have selected the right consulate, then you will need to select the right jurisdiction. You can find our the nearest consulate with whom you need to apply for a Schengen visa appointment. There are several articles on our website for each consulate.
You can google “Travelvisabookings city name and consulate name” and you will get the right article which will make it easier for you to apply for Schengen visa in that particular consulate.
For example, If you need to apply for France visa in San Francisco, then google “Travelvisabookings France visa San Francisco” to get that particular article.
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What to do when there is no appointment date available for Schengen visa?
There are several things you can do when you cannot get a Schengen appointment:
1. Try other jurisdiction
If you are unable to get an appointment within your current jurisdiction, you can try with some other city. No appointments in Houston? Try France consulate in San Antonio. This, however, works with varying success. Since most of the consulates are booked out well in advance.
2. Change your main Schengen visa consulate
Most of the times, the main Schengen countries like France, Italy, Germany may be booked out for a couple of months. So you can try your luck with any other consulate, like Slovakia or Malta. These consulates do not have a large influx of visa applicants like the other major countries.
You can show a tentative travel plan with that country, you can use temporary flight and hotel bookings. In fact, we can provide them for you.
Please click the below link to get flight itinerary and hotel bookings for your Schengen visa application.
Once your visa is approved, you are free to travel within the Schengen country as you please. For example, You can land in Malta, stay for a day and take the next available flight to where ever you want in Europe.
Or land in Germany, and mention(lie) that you will be spending only a few days in Germany and most of your holidays in Malta and enter Germany. You will need to show your flight itinerary or hotel bookings which you can procure from us.
3. Wait for someone to cancel their Schengen visa appointment
This idea is slightly risky, you may end up waiting indefinitely. But when all the options are closed, you can wait for someone to cancel their Schengen visa appointment somewhere within the country and hope you can get the appointment. Keep multiple tabs open for all the consulates in your city and watch like a hawk. Do not forget to refresh.
Don’t discard this option though, there have been many cases where our customers have been able to procure an appointment by being patient. In fact, we have a dedicated team whose only job is to watch for any Schengen visa appointments being available and swooping like a hawk and booking it for our clients.
If you are interested in this service, please fill our Schengen visa appointment assistance form and we will help you with this.
Want us to get your Schengen visa appointment?
If you are still not getting your Schengen visa appointment, we can help you in getting it in the following countries. We are adding several countries every month.
We have been providing this service for various corporate employees for several years who are in need to travel to Schengen states in short notice, typically within the next 7 to 15 days.
But this option is subject to availability of visa slots in that consulate, so we will even try in all the nearest consulates available. Hope you like to take a short trip.
The right time to apply for a Schengen visa?
The suitable time to apply for a Schengen visa is at least one month before your travel. It also depends on the type of Schengen country you wish to travel to.
How to get your Schengen visa appointment with us?
The price for the appointment is not fixed by us, so the quote for a Schengen visa appointment can vary depending on the region in which they operate. We charge a flat $35 on top of the quote for our service.
But do not worry, you will need to only fill the below form initially and pay a nominal fee of $10, once we have your appointment ready you will need to pay the balance amount.
To get your Schengen visa appointment done with us please follow the below steps:
Click the link below
You will be taken to our Schengen visa appointment form
- Fill the form and make initial payment via PayPal or direct bank transfer. You will get an email with the form and other details of how we work.
- We will respond to you within 8 hours with the availability of an appointment slot and if we can get one for you in your preferred city along with the price for the appointment.
- Once we get an ok from you, we will get you your appointment with a reference number to verify.
That is it, you can attend the appointment and apply for your Schengen visa.
Schengen Visa interview questions and tips:
It is vital to show up at the right time to attend your interview. Then you will be required to meet the visa consular and then headed for the interview. During the interview, it is best to remain calm and poised, you do not want to look stressed out as that would make it difficult in answering the questions.
10 common questions you might be asked:
- Which Schengen country you are planning to visit?
- Do you have any friends or family members living in Schengen?
- What is the purpose of your visit?
- How many days do you intend to stay in Europe?
- Is anybody sponsoring your trip? If yes, how?
- What is your educational qualification?
- Where do you work? Are you self-employed?
- Are you married? If yes, how many years have you been married?
- Do you have children? How old are they? Are they travelling with you?
- Which countries have you travelled before?
FAQs on Schengen visa appointment
If you have some questions for us, maybe we have answered them already below
1. Can I take one Schengen visa appointment for the whole family?
No, you will need to make individual appointments for each member of the family. If you are making an appointment with VFS global, then within a single account you can book 5 Schengen visa appointments. But dates might vary since 5 appointments may not be available on that day.
2. Can I go to VFS without an appointment?
No, you cannot go to VFS without an appointment. You cannot opt for VFS global walk-in without an appointment. Even though there are walk-in facilities available it is not guaranteed.
3. Can you help me make the Schengen visa appointments for me?
We can surely assist you in getting a Schengen visa appointment. We will handle the request for your whole family as well. All you need to do is fill the below form
4. Can I verify my Schengen visa appointment on the government website?
Yes, you can surely verify your appointment with the government or the VFS website.
5. How long will it take for you to get me my Schengen visa appointment?
We will take around 8 to 10 hours since we need to scour all the consulates to find out if they have an appointment with them.
6. Once I have received a quote for the Schengen visa appointment, within how much time do I have to pay?
Time is very crucial, we usually make around 250 appointments a day, if the demand is high then you have less than an hour to make the payment and complete the appointment. Sometimes our reseller can put the appointment to auction and usually, there are always takers for the appointment.
So if we do not get a yes or no from you within 1 hour then we will consider your request as not interested and provide the appointment to someone else.
7. Can I pay more and get an urgent Schengen visa appointment?
No. We operate purely on first come first serve basis. So you will have to wait for your turn.
8. How can I pay you?
As of now, you can make payment via PayPal or western union.You can also make a bank transfer as well.
9. In which countries do you provide the Schengen visa appointment booking service?
We are currently operating in the below countries, we will soon be adding as many countries as we can .
10. I want to take a Schengen visa appointment for multiple applicants. Can you help me with this?
Multiple persons will be difficult on the same day. If there are more than 3 or 4 applicants, then we can provide them with appointments on different dates or in a different consulate.
11. If I don’t want the Schengen visa appointment can I get a refund?
You will get a full refund if we are either unable to find you an appointment or you let us know before we book your appointment. But once we make your appointment we will not be able to refund you if you would like to cancel your appointment since we would have paid the fee and commission to the consulate officer.
12. What details would you need from me in order to book the Schengen visa appointment?
We will need your name, passport number, expiry date passport issue date etc. You can either type this information or send us a photo of your passport and we will take care of that for you.
The information needed by the consulate varies from one country to another. So we will be in touch with you for additional information.
13. How much would it cost to get a Schengen visa appointment?
This varies from one consulate to another. The consulate officers in New York and San Francisco may charge a different amount than the one in say San Antonio. Also, the appointment date also plays an important role in the price of an appointment. If you need an appointment within the next few days, then it would be more expensive than if you are ok with getting your appointment 10 days or more later.
We charge $25 as our service fee.