Which documents should I submit with a Schengen visa application?
- Incentive Tours
- Personal visit
- Students up to 90 days
- Official passports
- Family of diplomatic passport holder
Since 02.11.2015 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in India have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years. For further information:
If your finger scans have not been collected yet, personal appearance of the applicants is mandatory when applying for a Schengen visa. Personal appearance and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12 years.
If your finger scans were collected within the last 59 months and a visa with the mention "VIS" has been granted, then you won’t have to give new fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. Please provide copy of your visa sticker issued after 02.11.2015 with the “VIS” mention.
You will still have to appear in person to give your fingerprints in case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality.
The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking his application.
Processing time for a visa application: 7 – 10 working days after submission at any VFS application centre in India.
As a general rule, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 days. This period may, in individual cases, be extended.
Some Schengen States require that they be consulted on visa applications submitted to other Schengen States by citizens of certain countries. The consultation process may take up to seven calendar days. Such consultation is currently required for nationals of the countries listed here:
The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form. You have the right to appeal within 30 days of receipt of the refusal. For information on appeal procedures, please refer to the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration.