Applications for Austrian Schengen Visa and Austrian Residence Permit are submitted in Austrian Embassy in New Delhi.
Austria at a glance
Renowned as Europe’s bridge builder and a site of cultural exchange, Australia is home to quaint country huts, baroque architecture, scintillating lakes, and the magnificent Alps scenery. Austria is located in Central Europe and covers an area of 83,879-kilometer squares and is inhabited by 8.7 million people.
The country enjoys one of the highest per capita income of USD 52000. Austria’s emerald green valleys entice millions of tourists every year as 1.8 foreigners visited the central European landlocked country.
Jurisdiction of Austrian Embassy in New Delhi
The Austrian Embassy in New Delhi covers the following Indian states:
West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Odisha, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Lakshwadeep, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Andhra Pradesh.
Besides, the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi is also responsible for countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan.
Do Indians need to Apply for Austrian Schengen Visa?
Yes, Indians are required to apply for Austrian Schengen Visa at the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi if they want to stay for up to 90 days or three months in Austria.
Process for acquiring Austrian Schengen Visa
Follow this four-step guide to get Austrian Schengen Visa from the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi:
Step 1: Pick Category
If you are striving for Austrian Schengen Visa, then you will begin by visiting the official website of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi. Once the home page is uploaded, click on ‘Travel to Australia’ at the bottom left and then click on ‘Schengen Visa (Visa C) – up to 90 days stay’ under the Visa category.
Step 2: Schedule an Appointment
For booking an appointment with staffers of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi, you will use services of the VFS Global.
Scroll down the page to arrive at ‘How to book an appointment’ section.
Click on the ‘Please click here to book an appointment online’ highlighted text.
As you can see in the picture above, after arriving on this page, the applicant will enter his credentials (username and password) to log in and book an appointment with staffers of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi.
If you don’t possess the credentials, then click on the New User tab and proceed by following the instructions.
It is mandatory for all the visa applicants to secure an appointment by through VFS in advance. Other than scheduling appointment, your application will not be entertained.
Step 3: Gather Documents
Now that you’ve booked an appointment with the staffers of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi, the next step is to gather all supporting and mandatory documents that will accompany your Austrian Schengen Visa application.
Application form filled out in Capital letters or typed in German or English language completely and true to the knowledge of the applicant. The application form should be duly signed twice by the applicant. In the case of minors, the form should be signed by the legal guardians.
2 latest passport size photos according to the ICAO guidelines.
Signed passport, not older than 10years. The passport has to be valid 3 months longer than the validity of the visa. Two empty pages in the passport have to be available at the time of application. In the case of minors, the copy of the passport of the legal guardian needs to be attached.
Since October 2015, it is a mandatory requirement to give fingerprints. As soon as the finger scans are saved in the VIS system, they can be retrieved for the duration of 5 years for any further visa application.
A roundtrip flight itinerary is a mandatory document accompanying your Austrian Schengen Visa application. The official website of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi also recommends attaching a flight itinerary with your visa application and not the actual ticket.
Travel Health Insurance is also a mandatory supporting document for Austrian Schengen Visa application. To avail a travel health insurance providing coverage of 30000 euros, validity in whole Schengen area and coverage of repatriation cost after death, click on the banner below.
Hotel Booking is also mandatory supporting document just like travel health insurance and roundtrip flight itinerary. By attaching a hotel booking document in your visa application, you declare that accommodation issue in the host nation has been sorted out and advance steps have been taken in this regard.
Evidence of social status in India.
Personal cover letter with content explaining the reason for applying for Austrian Schengen Visa. Avoid prolonging it by adding unnecessary details.
- If the minor is traveling without parents, then parents are required to attach a consent letter with Austrian Schengen Visa application.
- A form signed by both parents.
- Copy of the parent(s)’ passports data page.
Means of subsistence stating that you have sufficient financial resources to sponsor your trip of Austria. This can be in the form of a bank statement illustrating transactions of the previous three months.
Step 4: Appear for Interview
It is the last step. We recommend you to reach the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Dress formally and tender answers to all questions honestly and true to the knowledge.
Also, provide only those details that are inquired. Do not add unnecessary information in your verbal answers. Also, don’t get panic if some additional questions are asked.
Remember that if you reach after the time of scheduled appointment, then you will have to rebook an appointment and appear again for the interview.
When to lodge Austrian Schengen Visa application?
The processing time at the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi is under normal circumstances between 7 to 10 working days after the submission at any VFS Visa Application Center in India. We, however, recommend you to start the application procedure as early as possible, but not earlier than 3 months prior to your entry date to the Schengen states, in order to avoid any inconvenience with your travel dates.