My First Schengen Vacationer Visa Expertise [Rejected, Appealed & Approved] – CardExpert

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Schengen Tourist Visa - Austria

I lately utilized for my first Schengen vacationer Visa by way of Austria and I learnt a factor or two about Schengen Visa’s and why it’s not simple to get, particularly for single’s. Right here’s every thing you want to learn about my Schengen Visa expertise, intimately.

Visa Software

  • Day 1 – Software acquired in Pondicherry
  • Day 1 – Forwarded to Delhi Operation Centre
  • Day 6 – Acquired at Delhi Opertaion centre
  • Day 6 – Dispatched to the Embassy of Austria, New Delhi
  • Day 6 – Acquired on the Embassy of Austria, New Delhi
  • Day 13 – Acquired a “Verification Name” from the Embassy
  • Day 16 – Requested Embassy for Software statues, over e-mail
  • Day 17 – “Passport with Letter” handed over to the VFS
  • Day 20 – Needed to Go to VFS workplace to signal and decide up the passport together with the rejection letter.

There are 2 vital incidents to notice, occurred on Day 13 & 17 and let’s see that intimately, one after the other.

Name from Embassy

I’ve by no means heard from anybody that we could even get a name from the embassy. However to my shock, I bought one!

A girl in Indian tone spoke: “I’m calling from Austrian Embassy.. ” and verified my profile. She had all particulars in entrance of her. She was conscious concerning the co-traveller and that he already has the visa, and many others.

After verifying most particulars, she lastly requested for the itinerary, line by line for the 9 day journey. I needed to ask 30 seconds to search out the itinerary and I began studying out line by line. She didn’t give you any new question as such.

So after that’s accomplished, she lastly mentioned “Okay, that’s all I want, Thanks!”.

Whereas on name I assumed that she’s from some type of VFS verification crew, however I later came upon that the decision was coming instantly from the Austrian Embassy Assist Line.

Sadly, my Truecaller on iPhone didn’t present this upfront. Hmm!

Anyway, it was extra like a bank card govt verifying the applying info earlier than they ship for processing, nothing new and I wouldn’t name it as an “interview”.

Infact, bank card executives are higher. They are saying “why” they’re calling, and “when” I can count on the cardboard, and many others.

Passport with Letter

In India, when you’ve bought the replace from VFS as “passport with letter” is distributed to VFS workplace, then in 99% of the instances it means it’s a REJECTION.

The worst half is that we’ve to select it up from the VFS Workplace even when you’ve opted for the house supply and paid courier costs.

So what this implies is that, I have to journey all the best way to Pondicherry once more simply to select up the paperwork.

They received’t refund the courier costs paid.

That is most likely the right scenario to utilize the “chargeback” profit on bank card I believed, however nicely, I spent 40X extra to journey and pick-up the docs.

So I didn’t discover ample motivation to do a dispute on partial quantity.

Furthermore, I felt lot higher as I had seen even a worse case reported on Quora, the place somebody needed to take a flight simply to select up the doc, because the VFS workplace the place it was utilized was not far-off from their hometown.

And when you ask “what they did at VFS?”

Properly, they opened the package deal in entrance of me, requested to signal the rejection letter, took a scan copy of that and gave the unique again to me.

Rattling! I may have accomplished that very nicely from residence in matter of 10 minutes, thereby saving time, vitality, cash and peace of thoughts.

That is such an UN-ACCEPTABLE follow!

The rejection letter

Now coming to the primary a part of the story, right here’s a fast have a look at the rejection letter (edited to indicate solely the primary a part of the letter).

It truly is available in 5 pages: 3 pages of their language and a couple of pages in English, printed again to again on an abnormal paper.

Take a look:

The explanations are often obscure, as seen above. They don’t check with any explicit doc, making it tougher to decode the which means.

Motive #10: From my understanding, that is outright pointless. I had a confirmed resort reservation at a number of the greatest premium/luxurious lodges within the nation & confirmed enterprise class flights flying to/from Austria, from India.

And together with it I did ship an attractive itinerary doc in a easy and clear tabular format as nicely.

Motive #13: By “first time traveler” they most likely imply “first time traveller to Schengen Space”? I want it’s extra clear.

So the one motive is “Social & Financial Roots”. However what’s that?

  • Social Roots: Partner/Household
  • Financial Roots: Work/belongings/Financial institution balances

Talking of this, we’ve to cowl the most well-liked “Single’s concern” which is the center of this entire article.

Single’s Challenge

There was a debate these days with many arguing on-line that Schengen nations don’t simply give vacationer Visa’s to these with Marital standing as “Single”.

It’s now not a fantasy anymore. I’m a dwelling proof that it’s certainly true!

The scenario will get even worse when you’re self-employed. As a result of single impacts social roots and being self-employed impacts the financial roots.

So when you want a Schengen Visa with above standing it turns into extremely difficult, particularly after 2021, for unknown causes.

I’m conscious of this already as I’ve seen an applicant with related profile getting rejected for Schengen Visa. There are lots of such instances reported on boards.

There are additionally many ongoing debate that single “lady” are getting rejected throughout Schengen International locations. However I can now affirm that it’s NOT gender particular.

So that is occurring as a result of:

Single’s are excessive danger for the nation within the eyes of Visa Officers.

This isn’t an assumption, however a confirmed truth by one of many Visa Officer at French Consulate, Kolkata who knowledgeable the identical to an applicant throughout a private interview. That’s proper, a private interview publish attraction on Schengen Visa Rejection.

So how can Single’s take care of it?

You’ll have to have extra paperwork: mentioning about your dad and mom within the overlaying letter, a assure letter out of your mum or dad that you just’ll return again residence & the net-worth/wealth assertion or property paperwork if accessible.

Having mentioned that, it nonetheless doesn’t imply that the Visa is assured. Nevertheless it definitely improves the social & financial roots to a sure extent.

Sadly I realized this solely later after studying the rejection letter!

Neither the “doc guidelines” nor the “VFS officer” point out about this as a requirement for sure profiles. And oh, the “Visa officer” who known as me from the Embassy didn’t care to ask if I’ve any extra paperwork to help my socio-economic standing.

Anyway, I ready extra required docs and determined to go for an “attraction” as a result of I used to be assured that I deserve the Visa and that I didn’t do any mistake.

FYI, I spent couple of hours simply on the primary “overlaying letter”, so I’m positive the difficulty is one thing else or only a mistake at their finish.

Buyer Service

One of many greatest shock is that Austrian Embassy don’t have a help line for consular/visa queries.

Sure, they do have a quantity and when you hook up with that line and ask, the man at reception (as he says so) attends the decision and politely takes your quantity with identify and says that he’ll ahead it to the respective crew.

Tried a few occasions however by no means bought any callback. Tried the emergency line as nicely and the girl on cellphone once more politely asks me to name embassy line for Visa queries. Hmm!

I couldn’t digest the truth that we pay ~10K payment for the Visa & formalities and that nobody is there to even reply to our question.

So I known as VFS and so they had been equally well mannered saying that Austrian Embassy solely has e-mail help for Visa queries and there’s no TAT for the response.

Ideally, there isn’t a one to talk to on Visa queries, no TAT for emails, nothing!

At this level I used to be questioning if it’s a “norm” within the business the place candidates should not allowed to talk to embassy reg. Visa queries.

Properly, that’s not the case. I can see Indian Embassy in Austria having help strains for all queries. In-fact we now have a system for producing software on-line and lot sooner processing time for Austrian nationals keen to go to India.

An to not neglect, Austria has correct help system on Visa enquires in different nations like USA. Right here’s an instance from an Austrian Embassy in Washington, USA:

That’s not simply with USA, as I can see it with very many nations as nicely. So all these, I’ve come to a conclusion:

Schengen International locations don’t need to see Indians on their land.

I significantly surprise how Indian authorities is permitting a overseas embassy to function in India with out correct help decision system.

However once more, it’s not their whole fault. I see that 1000’s of Indians have immigrated illegally to Austria in a yr, previously. I want our fellow residents honour the Visa guidelines.

However I don’t suppose this may be taken as a motive for offering nearly “no help”. Perhaps they’ll request for extra documentation and never simply robotically count on candidates to supply them prematurely.

The Enchantment

So lastly figuring out that they don’t usually reply to the attraction emails as reported by many on-line, I ready all paperwork that’s humanly doable and despatched the e-mail to the embassy, as knowledgeable by VFS help.

I felt attraction is crucial as a result of a rejection for Visa is sort of like a “black mark” (to an extent) globally which I’ve to dwell with it for remainder of the life, as most nations ask for the data on earlier Visa rejections together with their rejection letters.

A few week handed and no response to the e-mail. So I did many calls each to the VFS & embassy however nothing helped.

Because the journey date was nearing, one high-quality day I requested for escalation with VFS and the help govt on cellphone mentioned that she’ll take a grievance on the identical and get again inside a day.

Subsequent day, I bought a name from VFS that I’ve an appointment on the “Austrian Embassy, New Delhi” on a talked about date, together with an e-mail affirmation from VFS.

On the Embassy

Austrian Embassy, New Delhi

So I went to the embassy on the talked about date together with the print out of the e-mail. The safety had a fast have a look at the e-mail and requested me to attend exterior.

They’d a small bench exterior the embassy constructing, with good view of the greens. As you would possibly know, the embassy space is sort of nicely maintained, in order that was a cushty place to be in.

In about 15 minutes, I used to be requested to enter the embassy constructing after leaving my cellular with the safety.

Contained in the constructing, there was a small ready space with some journey catalogs of Austria displayed. I went by way of some and there I learnt that Austria has one of many highest per capita revenue throughout European nations (I suppose 2nd for a specific yr, which I don’t recollect).

That was an attention-grabbing information!

The Interview

So lastly I used to be known as for the interview, with two girls on different aspect of the glass-walled interview setup space.

One girl might be the senior, and the opposite was holding all my paperwork in her hand to go the required information to the senior when required.

The senior got here up with questions. She had a well mannered tone and the questions had been fundamental. Other than private queries, she requested questions like:

  • “How will you journey inside Austria?”
  • “How are you aware the place to ebook trains, and many others?”

To these questioning extra about questions, nicely, it truly doesn’t matter a lot. Even you (or) I can discover inside 30 seconds of dialog with a stranger, whether or not if he/she is making an attempt to misuse the Visa or not.

So when you’re known as for an interview, chill and go.

After the short ~5 min interview, she requested for my passport and was requested to attend for few minutes on the identical ready space.

Inside 15 minutes arrived my Schengen Visa with 3 month validity (multi-entry). Glad that they determined to present me an extended validity than ordinary 1-month or so for all the difficulty I went by way of.

So few weeks after getting the Visa, I did my first Europe journey to Austria with smoother immigration on entry (was requested for return flight ticket proof).

Austria was lovely as you possibly can see on the duvet pic. (Hallstatt, clicked 2 weeks in the past) And general Europe was a thoughts blowing expertise, would you like me to write down about it?

How Embassy’s may do higher?

Whereas exploring the web about Schengen Visa points, I stumbled upon 100’s of instances reported on on-line platforms (Quora & fb teams) and most of them are from India, Philippines & Indonesia. Comprehensible!

So having spent numerous hours on the difficulty, it could be good if all Schengen nations comply with these beneath:

1. Visa help: In the event that they can provide higher help & service to travellers in different nations like in USA, I’m positive Indians deserve it as nicely. A help line for Consular/Visa part, TAT for emails & sooner processing would do.

2. Capacity to Amend: The tremendous easy resolution is by permitting candidates to present a chance to ammend the applying over e-mail.

That is fantastically accomplished by Croatia within the UK as per this proof I’ve come throughout on the web, the place the embassy reaches out to the applicant who didn’t even care to share the fundamental info. I’m positive many does it as nicely in different nations.

3. On-line Software Kind: It’s been 10 years or so since I’ve crammed an software offline earlier than this. I’m actually shocked to see that many of the Schengen nations nonetheless depend on hand-filled functions. Time to improve.

4. Clear Enchantment System: Given the stress that the applicant’s need to undergo for the remainder of their life when the Visa is denied, I want they offer correct causes & means to attraction to the choice in a pleasant method.

Typically this isn’t even required if #2 is applied nicely.

5. Certify Tax Payers: If above must be accomplished by overseas embassy’s, Indian authorities additionally has to take a step to honour their loyal tax payers globally.

That is most likely the one method to assist overseas embassy’s know the credibility of the profile.

As a substitute of giving “proud filer” badge for taxpayers which is of no recognized use case, I want they begin issuing certificates to taxpayers that’s “recognizable” throughout the globe.

As a result of I consider {that a} long run common tax payer wouldn’t take into consideration stepping into a rustic illegally.

Remaining ideas

Even-though the Schengen Visa concern is basically restricted to singles/self-employed as talked about on this article, it additionally impacts everybody, as even {couples}/salaried I do know are additionally going by way of related type of “uncertainty” & “worry” when making use of for a vacationer Visa to Schengen nations and a few are getting rejected as nicely.

Additionally, whereas Austria is spoken about right here, the difficulty applies to nearly each Schengen nation.

Whereas these incidents solely made me offended initially, I realised the necessity to have strict insurance policies after visiting Austria. For ex, 2 out of three Uber bookings we did had been dealt with by the drivers from Center Jap nations.

Anyway, I want to dwell in a world the place there are not any Visa problems, until for the matter of authentication to trace the motion of individuals.

On the identical time, I additionally hope our fellow people study to evolve and honour the immigration guidelines, as not honouring them is the first motive for all these drama.

Till that occurs, we most likely have to search out the Historic One and study the abilities to do Astral Journey. Thankfully for us Kamar-Taj is positioned in Himalayas and never in Schengen Space.

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