Submission of Schengen visa application at a Visa Application Centre

18.05.2023 - Article

File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Application Centre in three easy steps.

File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Application Centre in three easy steps.

Duly completed application forms may be submitted six months prior to the intended travel date. As application numbers peak permanently, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of their actual travel dates!
This will help towards the smooth organization of your trip. Please note that it can take up to two weeks to process your Schengen visa, and even longer in individual cases.
Please keep in mind that the processing time for Schengen visa starts only once the application reaches the Consulate. This might take up to SIX working days depending on the delivery conditions and public holidays. Therefore, please account for delays in the visa processing time during the holiday season.

File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Application Centre in three easy steps:

Step 1:
Please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the following checklists:

Airport Transit


Culture Sport Religious


Internship + Training




Trade Fair

Visit Family & Friends

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide you with the checklists in a format, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities. We are working on a solution.

Kindly note that the photos should meet biometric photos requirements.
These photos can be obtained, among others, at the Visa Application Centres.

Step 2:
Please fill out the online application form print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents.
All Schengen applicants are kindly requested to fill in the online application forms according to VIDEX format, which can be found above. Please ensure that a high quality printout of the barcode is submitted with the application. This will shorten the time you spend at the VFS visa application center considerably.
In the unlikely case that you cannot fill out the online application form, you may print the application form and fill out the by hand.
If your fingerprints were collected in the last 59 months for applying for a Schengen visa in India, you can authorize someone to submit your application. To do so, kindly fill out this authorization letter for the travel agent or the representative and attach a copy of the authorized person along with it!
Letter of authorization for visa application submission

Note: please print out & sign the following declarations in order to complete your documentation:
Declaration on true and complete information
Declaration on health insurance (for multiple entry visas only)
Additional contact and legal representation information

Step 3:
Schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the nearest Visa Application Centre. Kindly note that you have to pay the VFS Service charge already when booking the appointment.
Applicants applying for a Schengen visa can submit their visa applications at any VFS centre across India as the application will be forwarded to the German Consulate General Mumbai for a decision.
For further information, please visit the
VFS Global Website

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