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Reviewed November 2023

If you are considering traveling to Europe for business or leisure purposes, you may require a Schengen visa to enter any of the 27 countries within the Schengen Area. However, it is important to understand the processing time and steps involved in obtaining this visa.

In this article, we will provide you with an overview of the Schengen visa processing time and offer some tips to help you avoid delays and ensure a hassle-free trip.

What is the standard time of Schengen visa processing time?

The typical duration for processing a Schengen visa is fifteen consecutive days. Your application will be reviewed and completed within 15 days starting from the date of submission.

It’s important to note that in some cases, the processing time may be prolonged to a maximum of thirty days. This is typically due to the need for further observation or examination of specific applications. Moreover, if your application is incomplete or requires additional documents, it may take up to a maximum of sixty consecutive days to process.

Factors influencing Schengen visa processing time

Some factors have the potential to impact the processing time of your Schengen Visa application. For instance:

  • nationality of the applicant: In accordance with the Schengen Agreement, a Member State possesses the right to request that the central authorities of other Member States engage in consultation with its own central authorities when assessing visa applications from certain third-country nationals or specific groups of such individuals. This implies that the Member State making the request can seek supplementary input or information from the consulted Member State’s authorities while reviewing the visa application.
  • type of visa: Depending on the type of visa you have applied for, the processing period varies. A long-term visa, for instance, can take longer to process than a short-term visa.
  • time of year: The length of the wait will depend on what time of year you choose to apply for a visa. This can happen because the embassy or consulate might receive more visa applications during the busiest travel times, such as the summer season. Delay may result from this.
  • consulate workload: The processing period will normally be longer than usual if the embassy or consulate where you have filed for a visa is frequently busy. The number of employees varies from week to week in various embassies and consulates, therefore that is another factor.
  • completeness and accuracy of the application: Make sure that your application form is correct and full if you want a decision on your visa application as quickly as possible. This is due to the fact that the processing of your visa application will be delayed if it needs more information or is incomplete.

Although some of these elements are outside the applicant’s control, keep in mind that you may minimize the processing time for your visa application by ensuring that your application is accurate, comprehensive, and filed long before the anticipated trip dates.

Countries that need longer periods of Schengen visa processing time

As previously indicated, some Member States demand consultation before granting visas to nationals of specific nations who apply to other Schengen States. These nations are:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Belarus
  7. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  8. Egypt
  9. Eritrea
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Iran
  12. Iraq
  13. Jordan
  14. Kazakhstan
  15. Kenya
  16. Kyrgyzstan
  17. North Korea
  18. Lebanon
  19. Libya
  20. Mali
  21. Mauritania
  22. Morocco
  23. Niger
  24. Nigeria
  25. Pakistan
  26. Palestine
  27. Russia
  28. Rwanda
  29. Saudi Arabia
  30. Somalia
  31. South Sudan
  32. Sri Lanka
  33. Sudan
  34. Syria
  35. Tajikistan
  36. Tunisia
  37. Turkmenistan
  38. Uzbekistan
  39. Vietnam
  40. Yemen

Schengen member countries might necessitate notification regarding the issuance of visas to specific third-country nationals. This obligation is applicable to all listed third-country nationals mentioned below:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Armenia
  5. Bahrain
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Belarus
  8. Cameroon
  9. China
  10. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  11. Ivory Coast
  12. Cuba
  13. Djibouti
  14. Egypt
  15. Eritrea
  16. Ethiopia
  17. Ghana
  18. Guinea
  19. Guinea-Bissau
  20. India
  21. Indonesia
  22. Iran
  23. Iraq
  24. Jordan
  25. Kazakhstan
  26. Kenya
  27. North Korea
  28. Kuwait
  29. Lebanon
  30. Liberia
  31. Libya
  32. Mali
  33. Mauritania
  34. Morocco
  35. Myanmar
  36. Nepal*
  37. Niger
  38. Nigeria
  39. Oman
  40. Pakistan
  41. Palestine
  42. Philippines
  43. Qatar
  44. Russia
  45. Rwanda
  46. Saudi Arabia
  47. Sierra Leone
  48. Somalia
  49. Sri Lanka
  50. Sudan
  51. Suriname
  52. Syria
  53. Tajikistan
  54. Togo
  55. Tunisia
  56. Turkey
  57. Turkmenistan
  58. Ukraine
  59. Uzbekistan
  60. Yemen
  61. Zimbabwe

How to speed up my Schengen visa application?

There are options available. In accordance with EU regulations, you may qualify for a cost-free speed up visa process if you satisfy the following conditions:

  • you are a family member of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen.
  • the EU/EEA citizen is either traveling to or residing in a different member state than their own.
  • you are accompanying the EU/EEA citizen or planning to join them in the Schengen State of destination.

However, in order to be eligible for the accelerated visa procedure, you must provide evidence that you meet these criteria. You should include the supporting documents with your visa application.

How to check the status of my Schengen visa application?

You can track the status of your Schengen visa application online. It depends on where you have submitted your application.

  • If you have applied at an embassy or consulate-general, you must have received a code during your application which you can use to track your application online.
    • go to the embassy’s website.
    • select the country where you submitted your application and your language.
    • enter your tracking number.
    • click ‘Submit’ to view the status of your application.
  • If you have applied at a third-party service provider (VFS Global, TLS Contact, etc), go to the website you applied from
    • select ‘Track your application online’.
    • fill in the reference number or write down your email address and password, as required from the webpage.
    • click ‘Submit’ and view the status of your application online.

Some third-party service providers offer SMS alerts. You can sign up for SMS alerts when you apply. You will be notified about your application status. If your visa application is taking longer than expected, you may want to contact the embassy or consulate to inquire about the status of your application. You can ask if there is any additional information or documentation you can provide to expedite the process.

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