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Migration and Home Affairs

Decision on visa application

As a general rule, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 days.

This period may, in individual cases, be extended up to 45 days, if a more detailed examination of your application and/or additional documents are required.

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.

Likewise, one Schengen State may require to be informed when a visa has been issued to nationals of certain third countries, which are enumerated on this list.

The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified to the applicant using a standard form. The decision to refuse the visa must include the reasons on which the refusal was based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal.

For information on appeal procedures, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Schengen State you intend to visit.