Schengen Visa, What is Schengen Visa, Schengen Visa duration

Schengen Visa: What is Schengen Visa? Schengen Visa duration

In this travel guide, we answer a question regarding Schengen Visa, What is Schengen Visa, Schengen Visa duration. For those who are not familiar yet, a Schengen visa is also commonly known as European visa or Visa for Europe. So before we answer a question, let try understand:

What is Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa allowing its holder to travel through freely in the Schengen area. The Schengen area consist of 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without any border controls between them. The Schengen countries/states are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Schengen Visa, What is Schengen Visa, Schengen Visa duration
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Schengen Visa duration:

A Schengen visa is an authorization issued by any of the Schengen State with a view to:

transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short stay visa”),
transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States (“airport transit visa”).

Who needs a Schengen visa?
The citizens of the non-Schengen member countries are requested a mandatory Schengen Visa in order to enter the Schengen Zone. There are exceptions to this rule, however: for some countries that are not part of the Schengen Agreement yet aren’t required a visa to enter the Schengen zone.

Now, lets pick up a question of Sabyasachi Mukherjee from Quora inquiring:

Q: “How easy is it for Indian citizens to get a Schengen visa? Please note, I am holding a US Visa (student visa).

Schengen Visa, What is Schengen Visa, Schengen Visa duration
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Hi Sabyasachi, warm greetings from I wish to Travel

75% of your hassle is already over as you are already holding a US visa (student visa). In my experience, most embassies give higher priority issuing visas for you if you are are holding a US or UK visa (tourism, business or studies).

You shall have no problem at all getting a Schengen visa provided your basic documentation is in good order (Return ticket, hotel booking, insurance and proof of sufficient money to support your trip).

Different European embassies will give you different time frame to issue visas but usually it is between 2 to 4 weeks, however, if all goes well, you shall get in within a week or so.

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I hope this answer was helpful. Chheeeerss

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