Apply for a visa

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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.

    Application for Schengen Visa

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    Once you are ready to apply, please select your visa type here, download the visa application form and complete it. Once completed please print and take it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission. 

    Please refer to the common information sheet .

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group. 

    The Austria Visa Application Centre, New Delhi is unable to receive and process applications send by courier/post; you will have to submit the application and collect it either in person or by an authorized representative or a Travel Agent.

    Schedule An Appointment

    All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application at the Joint Schengen visa application center.

    Important: As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.

    Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application center.

    If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

    Please make sure you arrive at the visa application center 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application center. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.

    If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

    “Appointments booked between 18:00-22:00, effective 01 March 2018, will be accepted as Premium Lounge only, additional charges for the same will be applicable”.

    VFS appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers. VFS will soon introduce appointment scheduling through call Centre for the ease of applicants.

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee at VFS Centre. If you download the form to print and bring to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your appointment.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out What happens at the Visa Application Centre.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You can also track your visa application status online.  Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee. For some Visa Application Centres your documents will only be returned via courier.

    Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification. 

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

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Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

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