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  • 10 October 2018

    Durga Puja Notice

    Our courier partner may not be operational from 16 October 2018 to 19 October 2018 on account of Durga Puja and applications submitted on the said dates will undergo a delay in submission at the Embassy because of the closure. The applications will be submitted tentatively on 24 October 2018 at the Embassy

  • 27 August 2018

    Passport Collection Process

    The applicants may choose courier delivery or counter collection as a mode of the passport collection. As per the instructions from the Embassy third party collection of passport or documents is not permitted, except in the following scenarios:

    • Immediate Family Member only (I.e. Parents, siblings, children) – Relationship proof needs to be furnished at the time of collection
    • One member of the group collecting for the entire group
    • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials, only if the authorization letter is on the Govt. letter head
    • Company Representative should present –Authorization letter on the Company letter head and the official ID card

    If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents:

    • Original ICR
    • Passport copy of the applicant(s)
    • Authorization letter from the applicant. (If one member of the group is collecting the passport on behalf of the entire group – authorization letter from all the other applicant(s) is mandatory)
    • Clear photocopy of the Govt. ID card will only be accepted at time of passport collection (eg. PAN Card, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card)
  • 30 January 2018

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.

    Travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted.Please note with effect from 01 February 2018, Visa applicants are informed that travel medical insurance issued by only some Indian insurance companies are will be accepted for visa procedures. However, visa applicants may seek to obtain insurance in any other country where claims against the insurance company would be recoverable in a Schengen state List of approved Indian insurance companies

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    08 December 2017

    Closure of Visa Application Center in Ahmedabad

    Please be informed that due to the General Election, the Austria Visa Application Center in Ahmedabad will remain closed on 14 December 2017.

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    04 December 2017

    Closure of Visa Application Center in Nepal

    Please be informed that due to the provincial and parliamentary election, the Austria Visa Application Center in Kathmandu will remain closed on 7 December 2017.

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    07 November 2017

    Effective Monday, 13 November 2017, Austria visa applicants can apply at a new Premium Lounge visa application centre opening in Whitefield, Bengaluru. Applicants in Whitefield and nearby areas can now experience greater convenience by applying for their Austria visa in the comfort of a plush and well-appointed Premium Lounge.

    Address

    Brigade IRV, Unit No 108,1st Floor Nallurhalli, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066

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    22 October 2017

    Information about delay in processing of applications:

    Dear Applicants,

    At the moment there are delays in the Austrian Visa issuing system due to technical problems. All efforts are taken to solve this problem. The Austrian embassies are there to assist you to find an individual solution in urgent cases.

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    26 September 2017

    Closure of Kathmandu Visa Application Center

    On the auspicious occasion of Dashain, the Austria Visa Application Center in Kathmandu will remain closed from 27 September 2017 to 29 September 2017; we will reopen on 02 October 2017.

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    22 September 2017

    Austria Visa Application Center in Nepal

    With effective from 22 September 2017, the Austria Visa Application Center in Nepal will accept only National D Visa applications (for stay more than 90 days) for Austria.

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    16 September 2017

    Schengen Visa Form Filling assistance is just a call away!

    VFS Global introduces Form Filling Assistance service over the Phone to give Visa Applicants just the helping hand they need when completing their Visa Application forms.

    Please call 022 67866028 to avail the service

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    21 August 2017

    Opening of Austria Visa Application Centre in Nepal

    With effective from 24 August 2017, we are pleased to inform all that VFS Global will accept Austria Visa application form Austria Visa Application Center in Nepal, located at Academy of Culinary Arts Building, Ground Floor, Mahalaxmisthan Marga, Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal”

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    13 December 2016

    The Government of India has withdrawn with immediate effect (midnight of 08 November 2016) the legal tender character of the existing and any older series banknotes in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

    VFS will accept Visa fees and VFS logistic charges in all denominations of all notes other than the existing & old high denomination notes of Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 . VFS shall also accept demand drafts favoring VFS Global Services Private limited.

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    03 November 2015

    All applicants are required book an appointment online to submit their visa application and Biometric information at the Schengen visa application centre.

    As part of the visa application procedure, from 02 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, applicants are advised to wait until the injuries have healed before you book your appointment. Henna on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image and should be removed or allowed to fade before your appointment date.

    Before you make an appointment you should carefully read the visa application process available on the website to submit your visa application and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

    If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

    Please make sure you arrive at the visa application centre 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Applicants are not allowed to be accompanied inside the visa application centre. The only exceptions to this are those accompanying children under 18 years-of-age or applicants who need special assistance for health reasons or disability.

    If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

    VFS Global appointment system is compatible with most popular browsers. VFS Global will soon introduce appointment scheduling through call Centre for the ease of applicants.

    How to book an appointment

    Please click here to book an appointment online.

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    03 November 2015

    Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015

    Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

    Visa Information System

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    14 October 2015

    Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.

    • Passport should have been issued within the previous 10 years.
    • Passport should have at least two blank pages.
    • Passport should have at least 90 days validity from the date of arrival back in India
    • Applications are only accepted within 90 days of the requested date of arrival
    • Relevant Forms Photograph: Fully completed application form appropriate to the type of visa
    • The processing time is approx. 4- 5 working days. In exceptional cases, this period may be extended up to 30 calendar days, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed and when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days, Kindly note if you are submitting your application in Cochin /Sri Lanka / Puducherry and Nepal Application center the processing time will be 2 more Working days in addition to normal days define by Embassy.
    • As part of the worldwide introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), All Schengen consulates worldwide will be connected to VIS by the end of November 2015. For detailed Information click here.
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    04 February 2015

    Embassy of Austria has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s).

    The Embassy of Austria has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 06 February 2015, third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

    • Immediate Family Member ( i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
    • One member of a group collecting for the entire group
    • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
    • Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card

    If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents

    • Photocopy of Govt. ID card
    • Original ICR
    • Authorisation Letter from applicant

    Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should select delivery mode as courier at the time of submission.

    The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

    This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.

    Please fill the attached Courier Form

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    31 January 2014

    From 01 February 2014 all short Term Application Applicant needs fill New C Application Form.