Schengen Visa

Amazon summer19
May 3 22 Comments

Which schengen country’s consulate is the fastest to get a schengen visa? Any advise or experience shared on applying for a schengen Visa would be appreciated.

Are there any in Seattle? From my research none in Seattle gives you a visa and you have to fly down to SF for it - Is that true?

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  • McKinsey McKanon
    You can get a visa from the Netherlands embassy by mail. No need to go in person. Takes about a week
    May 35
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      Does this hold true for non-US citizens?
      May 3
    • McKinsey McKanon
      Yep. US citizens don’t need a visa (assuming you are talking about a tourist visa and not a work permit)
      May 3
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      Thankyou, I just checked on the Netherlands embassy website and it seems like you do need to take an appointment https://www.vfsglobal.com/Netherlands/USA/visa-services/how-to-apply.html
      May 3
    • McKinsey McKanon
      Rules might have changed then - I got my visa a few years ago. Check some other embassies which might still have the mail processing.
      May 3
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      No male procession because of terrorist.
      May 3
  • Usually you need to get schengen visa from the country which is your main destination and if you are spending equal times in multiple countries then get it from the country where you are landing
    May 34
    • New $€£
      ^ This. You cannot just apply to any consulate you want. You HAVE TO apply to the consulate of the country where you will be spending the most number of days on your trip. If you're spending equal time in multiple countries, you have to apply to the consulate of the country you will enter first of the ones where you will spend the most number of days.
      May 3
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      I understand that, but this is for a tourist visa and I am trying to check which is the fastest embassy I can get a visa and based on that I’d be planning my trip!
      May 3
    • Ah that’s kind of sad unless you are in a time crunch. See which embassy is closest to you. I have applied to Swiss, German and French in the past and they all responded very quickly and they are all in NYC to which I am close
      May 3
    • New $€£
      Have applied for Schengen visa in Swiss, Italian and Spanish consulates. Spain and Italy both required appointments for in person interviews. All three took 2 business days to issue visa once my application had been received.

      The earliest available appointments at the Spanish consulate were almost two months out. Italian consulate was better - appointments were available about 4 weeks out. Swiss consulate was the easiest. They accepted application via mail as I had already been fingerprinted/interviewed previously by the Spainish/Italian consulates. But appointments were available 2 weeks out in case I had to go for an in person interview.
      May 3
  • Amazon 89&$@&
    I couldn’t find any consulate for Schengen visa in Seattle either. I had to go to SF as well. I’ve heard that if you have biometrics done within the past 5 years, you can just mail your application.
    Many of the countries process visas through vfs global which is a shitty Indian company. In general the process is fast, it’s about 5-10 businesses days.
    May 32
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      Yeah! The problem is I am unable to find dates for appointments in the next two weeks, I plan on traveling mid June and was wondering if I am already late!
      May 3
    • It’s from UAE actually 🇦🇪
      And it’s a hit or a miss company. I had heard terrible reviews online but each time I went, I had a good enough experience and mainly the process is more streamlined and much faster. Earlier each counsel had to take care of granting visas directly and due to understaffing and lack of knowledge across the board, the whole process would be slower and cumbersome
      May 3
  • Google arUb75
    I think all embassies require to be there in person and schedule an appointment. And none of them issues visas in Seattle, they all require flying to San Francisco.
    In my experience France is the easiest embassy to get a visa. If you have to go to San Francisco, apply to the French embassy.
    May 32
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      The earliest dates I see for the French is 21st May and my travel date is 14th june, do you think that should be fine?
      May 4
    • Google arUb75
      They generally send your passport back after 2-3 days. 1 week in the worst case. So you will get your visa before June.
      And it is advantage to go to bigger embassies because they process visa requests pretty fast.
      May 4
  • Amazon 89&$@&
    Yes, you should be fine. My Schengen visa was issued by France in less than a week. It’s fast... and I applied in SF in VFS global
    May 41
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      Oh great! I am going to LA for it, hopefully they process quickly in LA as well 😬
      May 5
  • Oracle oldfart65
    Always Belgium
    May 31
    • Amazon summer19
      OP
      I’m wondering how easy was it to get an appointment date for Belgium?
      May 3
  • Rally Health PWcK47
    Not a blind question dude use quara
    May 30

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