What’s the Schengen Visa Application Fee for Indians
Here's how much a Schengen visa will cost for Indians.
In recent times, the demand for the Schengen visa by Indians has seen a rapid increase. According to statistics released by the Internal Migration Affairs of the European Commission, more than 700,000 Schengen visa applications were filed by Indians in 2015, says an article on The Economic Times. In 2017, India was among the top 5 countries with the most number of Schengen visa applications.
If you are an Indian citizen, wanting to visit one or more Schengen countries, you will need to start the visa application process by filling the Uniform Schengen Visa Application Form, either by downloading it or filling it up online and submitting directly.
Schengen Visa Fees for Indians
The Schengen visa fee is a mandatory and non-refundable amount, to be paid in order to complete the visa application process. Here’s a look at the various visa categories and the fee associated with them:
|Visa Category||Visa Fees|
|Schengen Visa for Adults||₹4,400|
|Schengen Visa for children between 06-12 years of age||₹2,600|
|Schengen Visa for children below 6 years of age||Waived|
The visa fee depends on the visa type and the country to which the applicant is a citizen of. Payment methods include cash and debit/credit cards. Keep in mind that the visa fee is always in accordance with the current exchange rates. So, it is best to check the amount just prior to making the payment.
Who is Exempt from Schengen Visa Fee?
Graduate and post graduate Indian students visiting Schengen countries for educational and training purposes are exempt from the visa fee. Also, anyone below 25 years of age and applying for a visa to participate in seminars, sports and educational events, does not need to pay the fee. Lastly, if you are an Indian researcher, looking to travel to a Schengen member state to conduct scientific research and study, you do not need to pay the visa fee.
What to do After Paying Schengen Visa Fee?
After the payment has been done, collect and preserve the receipt. This is one of the documents that needs to be carried along with other documents at the time of the visa interview. If you are planning to visit multiple Schengen countries, you need to submit your application at the embassy of the country you will be spending the maximum number of days in. In case the number of days is equal for all states, apply at the embassy of the country you will arrive at first.
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How Long Will It Take to Receive Schengen Visa?
Apply for the visa at least 2-3 weeks prior to your intended date of travel, since the consulate takes at least 10 business days to process all the documents. In case of an unexpected political situation or any special case, it might take up to two months.
What to do if Schengen Visa is Denied?
An application gets denied if any information on the form is found to be suspicious or which is not in accordance to the set guidelines. In such cases, you can write an appeal letter, under Article 32(3) of the Visa Code. Submit the appeal at the embassy of the country/countries you will be visiting.
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