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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 22:01
Doronazl

Schengen tourist visa - does this mean visa approved?

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1 hour ago, Doronazl said:

Visa approved, thanks all for the help

One thing i forget to ask there

They put a start and ending date on the visa

31 july until 29 September, and next to it it says duration of stay 46 days

What exactly does this mean? We can enter during those dates and the 46 days start to count then? Or have to leave by sep 29 no matter what? 

Can enter Schengen at the earliest (stamp in at immigration) on 31 July 12:00 AM local time,

and must leave (stamp out at immigration) of the Schengen area by Sep 29 11:59 PM local time.

 

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4 hours ago, Donutz said:

Thats pretty much as the Schengen rules dictate: front desk staff makes an first check to see if the application is admissible. The staff may ask a question or 2 to clarify something or point out small errors. But once the application is accepted it's the colleagues in the back who look into the application in detail. They may refuse the visa, approve it or sometimes decide that a decision cannot be made without further information from the applicant or national authorities back in the country of the embassy. The passport is then given back to the people at the front. There the passport can be collected or if you handed in an EMS envelop, it will be sent to you.

 

The visa fee (if any, it's waved for family members of an EU national) always needs to be payed regardless of the decision  and I only know of embassies that make you pay upon making the application rather than upon collecting the passport. 

 

If one went via the designated visa service provider (vfs, his, bls) they do the same as the staff at the front desk of the embassy,  using a checklist,  then forwarding the papers to the embassy.

I have done Germany,Spain and Malta, the latter 2 are done by VFS. The Germans do operate differently, they do not use VFS and they use an interactive application form named VIDEX. We were told at the desk during application submission that the visa had been granted and would be valid for 4 days, just enough to cover the 3 day trip.

If you remember I took them to task with Solvit over the use of VIDEX for EU nationals as it did not allow for family members. Although the visa was very straightforward that was because I had followed their rules at the time, full set of documents including financial information.

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6 hours ago, sandyf said:

I have done Germany,Spain and Malta, the latter 2 are done by VFS.

VFS (or TLS and BLS) etc are optionso for all Schengen embassies.  Atleast untill the new Schengen rules will come in effect (probably start of 2020). Though some really try to force the optional service provider down your throat,  making it less optional than that the Schengen rules dictate.

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8 hours ago, varun said:

Can enter Schengen at the earliest (stamp in at immigration) on 31 July 12:00 AM local time,

and must leave (stamp out at immigration) of the Schengen area by Sep 29 11:59 PM local time.

 

Indeed. 

 

Enter on 31-7-19 or later.

Leave before the end of 29-9-19.

 

Do not stay more than 46 days. 

So if you enter on 31-7, leave on 15-9. T

 

he last two weeks are a 'period of grace' so that you can enter the Schengen area 1-2 weeks later and leave a bit later as well. 

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17 hours ago, Donutz said:

VFS (or TLS and BLS) etc are optionso for all Schengen embassies.  Atleast untill the new Schengen rules will come in effect (probably start of 2020). Though some really try to force the optional service provider down your throat,  making it less optional than that the Schengen rules dictate.

Fairly obvious from your comments that you have never applied for a Schengen visa in Bangkok. The only checklist the embassy front desk has is for appointments and applicants with a valid appoint are allowed through to the holding area. At the appropriate time the allocated applicants are allowed into the inner sanctum where there is a line of glass cubicles and applicants queue up at the cubicle they have been allocated. Each applicant enters the cubicle as it becomes free, on one side there is a hatch to the embassy and a member of staff that scans in the application into the system from a QR code.

VFS has never been an option in Bangkok, although it may well be from the start of next month.

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