Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to obtain a Schengen Visa?

If you are planning to obtain a Schengen Visa for your journey, we advise that you apply for one at least 2 weeks prior to your journey. This is due to the fact that the Embassy Consulate takes 10 working days to process the documentation and the traveler's request.

Is a Schengen Visa valid for the UK?

UK is not part of the Schengen Agreement and therefore a Schengen Visa as such does not allow you to enter the UK. If you are required to enter the UK, apply for an UK Visa with IAM.

Is a Schengen Visa valid for multiple entries?

A short stay Schengen visa allows the holder to visit the Schengen countries for multiple purposes which can include and are not limited to; tourism, business and visiting family/friends for up to 90 days within a 180 day period from the date of first entry. The stay may be either continuous or several visits depending upon whether the visa is single or multiple entry.

What is a multiple entry visa?

A multiple entry Schengen Visa allows the holder to stay in one or multiple countries under the Schengen Agreement. This only applies if the total length of the stay does not exceed 90 days in a given 180 day period from the first date of entry.

Is it possible to apply for a multiple entry visa?

It is possible to apply for a multi-entry Schengen Visa. When going through the process of applying, you will be able to select the multiple entry application. But please note that the length and duration is the discretion of the Consulate. Some Consulates have issued visas for such a short term that they make a point that the visa is only for the length and purpose sought.

IAM cannot guarantee lengths and duration but we always aim to obtain the longest permitted version of your Schengen visa where possible and we can advise on the likelihood of how long you will get and ways to increase the length obtained once you begin your application. HINT: It's all about money.

In which occasion am I allowed to apply for the Schengen Visa?

Every person is allowed to apply for the Schengen Visa. All that is needed is to prepare the documentation and submit it to an Embassy/Consulates. You also require the financial means to support yourself during the stay in a Schengen Area.

What are the Schengen countries?

There are 26 countries which are part of the Schengen Agreement. These countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

How do I obtain a Schengen Visa?

The best way to obtain a Schengen Visa is to contact an agency that can help you make the process simpler, such as IAM. The main parts in obtaining a Schengen Visa is to fill out the Application Form from the Embassy/Consulates, prepare the necessary documentations, submit the application form and documentation together to the specific Embassy/Consulate of the country you will be traveling to, and finally if the application is successful you can obtain the Schengen Visa.

If I use IAM, do I have to attend a visa centre?

As a general rule, you are always required to attend to give your Biometric information (Fingerprints and photograph). Certain countries like France, Germany, and Netherlands do not need you to attend under certain circumstances and certain groups of people, depending on nationalities and ages also do not need to attend.

When making your application, assume you will need to attend unless advised by us as we may be able to make applications for you in your absence.

Which visa centre or Consulate do I need to attend?

Almost all Consulates have outsourced the submission of an application for a Centre. Where you will submit will depend on whether there are practices of jurisdiction or not and if so, where you live.

It is general practice to submit your application to the nearest Consulate (where permitted) or submission centre.

Can you help me to secure the appointment for submission?

Its part of the standard service and we aim to get your appointments in the required time or at the very least in time for your visa to be granted so as you can travel in time.

Please note that at peak times, the consulates and centres do not have capacity for appointments at short notice. Therefore, for the standard service, it is advised to start your application three months ahead to allow for time to secure an appointment

Can you secure an appointment at short notice?

Yes. That comes under the Premium service where we are able to secure appointments within 24-48 hours.

Can I have my documents posted back to me, or would I have to attend in person to collect them?

Yes. Depending on the submission method chosen, you can have your documents sent back to you by Courier, picked up by you or you can arrange for the documents to be collected.

Could you make changes to the application form?

Yes. When you submit your application, you will be emailed a draft application form for you to review. At that point, we can then make any changes required. It is important that you provide all the correct details for your final completed application form that will be submitted to the Consulate as missing or incorrect information can lead to refusals.

Prior to submission you are requested to check the application so as any amendments that you request or we make can be given a green light.

Do you review the application and let me know if everything looks ok?

Yes. We exist to make sure that your application is successful. Therefore we always check whether everything seems fine. But this is within reason. If there's information we are not aware of, we cannot check it. So please try to make as full a disclosure as possible.

Could you send me a sample template invitation letter from my invitor should look like?

Yes. As part of your application, we provide template letters as a matter of course.

I want to proceed with the application myself, but I'm unable to find the required documents.

Here at IAM, whether you wish to proceed with the application yourself or find a list of documents, we can provide you with the necessary support.

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