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How to apply for a Schengen visa?

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To apply for a visa at the Visa Application Center, we recommend that you make an appointment. You can record using the site or by calling the call center. You can also come to the Visa Application Center without an appointment.

Please read the safety rules before visiting the Visa Application Center.
To order the Mobile Biometrics service, please fill out the form on our website.

Step 3: Submit your application:

For a personal visit to the Visa Application Center, submit your application form and additional documents. Information on the location of the Visa Application Center is available in the Contacts section.

When ordering the Mobile Biometrics service, prepare all the necessary documents for the arrival of a Visa Center specialist.

Order courier delivery of your passport so that there is no need to come to the Visa Center to receive ready-made documents.

Step 5: Get the finished documents:

Track the readiness of your documents according to the expected terms of consideration and come to the Visa Application Center to get your passport. If you ordered courier delivery, get your passport at the delivery address you specified.

Attention! Applications for a Schengen visa to Austria are also accepted at the Finland Visa Application Center.

Where should the applicant apply?

Obtaining a Schengen visa gives the right of free movement to all countries of the Schengen agreement, since the Schengen bureaucracy is the same in every country of the Schengen agreement. However, there are some established rules and regulations regarding the place of application for a Schengen visa at the embassy / consulate for travel to the Schengen country.

If the applicant wants to travel to only one Schengen country, he must submit an application to the embassy / consulate of the respective country. If the applicant plans to visit two or more Schengen countries, it is strongly recommended that you apply to the embassy / consulate of the country with the longest stay, which is called the main destination. If there is no main purpose, but there is a simple visit to several countries of the Schengen agreement, the applicant must apply for a visa at the embassy / consulate of the first visited Schengen country according to the program of visit.

After determining the embassy / consulate to apply, the applicant must apply for a visa at the embassy / consulate of the country with jurisdiction in the place of residence.

When is it necessary to apply?

Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question due to different policies regarding the time frame at embassies / consulates of different countries. However, it is strongly recommended that you apply for a Schengen visa approximately six weeks before departure.

Although usually the visa process takes no more than 72 hours, sometimes this process takes much longer, from 14 to 21 days in some countries for some citizens.

You can enter some embassies at any time and submit documents, but others need to make an appointment in advance. If you are planning a short trip, an appointment must be made in no more than 6 weeks. This rule does not apply to applicants who apply for a long-term visa.

What happens if the applicant’s place of residence does not have an embassy / consulate in a particular Schengen country?

In some Third World countries, there may not be an embassy / consulate of a particular Schengen country for which you need a visa. However, this is not a problem, as there are representatives of the country's embassy / consulate who represent the interests of this and their own country, which is responsible for issuing a visa to applicants.

If the applicant was refused a visa due to the inability to submit the necessary documents or evidence of compliance with the standards for travel to the Schengen area, you can re-apply at the embassy / consulate of the destination country in the neighboring country.

Can I apply for a Schengen visa in a country where I am not a resident?

Yes. If you want to apply for a Schengen visa in a country where you are not a resident, there will be enough justification for why you applied for in this country.

The applicant must personally come to the meeting to submit the application form and the necessary documents. At the consulate, the applicant should be alone, with the exception of: the applicant is a minor, has poor health or cannot move independently. If the applicant cannot speak English or the language of the country of the Schengen agreement, at whose consulate he submits the application, accompaniment is recommended.
If the applicant did not appear at the appointed meeting without prior notice within 48 hours, the application will be canceled and the procedure will need to be repeated again.

Even if the applicant submits all the necessary documents and evidence, the embassy / consulate has the right to refuse to issue a visa without explaining the reasons for the refusal. The presence of the necessary documents guarantees the applicant the acceptance and processing of the application, but does not guarantee the issuance of a Schengen visa. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not make the irrevocable costs before traveling until you obtain a visa.

What needs to be done to extend a Schengen visa?

For valid personal, professional, medical or other reasons, the applicant must contact the appropriate institution of the country of residence in the Schengen area and apply for an extension of the Schengen visa. An extended Schengen visa will give the applicant the right to visit the same Schengen territory as the original visa. A visa extension may be refused if the length of stay exceeds 90 days.

Step one - collecting the necessary documents

First of all, you need to draw up and collect the documents that are necessary when applying for a Finnish visa. We advise you to put all the documents at once in a separate folder so as not to forget anything when submitting.

A full list of documents for citizens of the North-West Federal District, for citizens with temporary residence permit and residence permit in another district, as well as for children, you will find in our material.

Key documents:

    • Foreign passport (if you already had a Schengen visa in your old passport, do not forget to take it as well)

Document Requirements: the validity of your passport must be at least 3 months from the date of expiry of the visa you receive.

    • Medical insurance policy for traveling abroad (original + copy)

Document Requirements: The policy must be valid at the time of filing and have a limit of the insured amount of at least 30 thousand euros. Do not forget about the rest of the requirements!

Photo Requirements: color, size 47 x 36 mm, background light gray, no more than 6 months old. Read more about the requirements for photography and a graphic example in our material.

You can take a photo in advance, for example, at the Vosstaniya 1 copy center (a stone's throw from the Visa Application Center), or in the Visa Center itself (the photo is automatic, be sure to comply with all the requirements for photography).

Where to get the application form?

The questionnaire can be filled out on the website: select your city, and then on the left the section "visa application". You can also return to the questionnaire you completed within 14 days from the date of filling. Then the questionnaire must be printed, put a signature and file with the rest of the documents within 14 days.

Step Three - Choosing a Place for Submitting Documents

Residents of the Northwestern Federal District (except for three regions, see the list below) have two options for applying for a visa:

  • to the Consulate General of Finland (address: Preobrazhenskaya square 4, entrance from Radishchev lane, the nearest metro station “Vosstaniya square” or “Chernyshevskaya”),
  • to the Visa Center (address: 5/21 Marat, 3rd floor of the Olympic Plaza shopping center near the Mayakovskaya metro station).

The number of documents accepted at the consulate is limited, so we recommend that you contact the Visa Application Center of St. Petersburg. Unlike the consulate, in the Visa Center you can also take a photo, a copy of documents and apply for an insurance policy.

Making an appointment with the Consulate General (by phone or online) before submitting documents required! Making an appointment (by phone or via the Internet) at the Visa Application Center is at your request.

Registration for a Finnish visa

  • Residents Kaliningrad region apply for a Finnish visa at the Consulate General of Lithuania in Kaliningrad.
  • Residents Murmansk region apply for a Schengen visa in Murmansk, the representative office of the Consulate of Finland.
  • Residents Republic of Karelia apply for a visa in Petrozavodsk, at the representative office of the Consulate of Finland.
  • Residents other federal districts apply and apply for a visa at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow or the Moscow Visa Application Center.

Step Four - Submitting Documents

Starting September 14, 2015, by decision of the European Union, Russian citizens who wish to obtain a Schengen visa will be required to submit biometric data. Therefore, now, before submitting documents, it is necessary to register for a certain time at the Consulate General or at the Visa Center.

At the Visa Application Center, you arrive at the time of your appointment.

You come to the Consulate General strictly at the time of your appointment. Making an appointment begins at the beginning of the month, the number of accepted applications is limited. We advise you to contact the Visa Application Center. In addition, it is impossible to take out insurance at the consulate, make a photocopy or photograph, the entire package of documents should be ready, you will also not find consultants at the consulate.

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Step Three - Choosing a Place for Submitting Documents

Residents of the Northwestern Federal District (except for three regions, see the list below) have two options for applying for a visa:

  • to the Consulate General of Finland (address: Preobrazhenskaya square 4, entrance from Radishchev lane, the nearest metro station “Vosstaniya square” or “Chernyshevskaya”),
  • to the Visa Center (address: 5/21 Marat, 3rd floor of the Olympic Plaza shopping center near the Mayakovskaya metro station).

The number of documents accepted at the consulate is limited, so we recommend that you contact the Visa Application Center of St. Petersburg. Unlike the consulate, in the Visa Center you can also take a photo, a copy of documents and apply for an insurance policy.

Making an appointment with the Consulate General (by phone or online) before submitting documents required! Making an appointment (by phone or via the Internet) at the Visa Application Center is at your request.

Registration for a Finnish visa

  • Residents Kaliningrad region apply for a Finnish visa at the Consulate General of Lithuania in Kaliningrad.
  • Residents Murmansk region apply for a Schengen visa in Murmansk, the representative office of the Consulate of Finland.
  • Residents Republic of Karelia apply for a visa in Petrozavodsk, at the representative office of the Consulate of Finland.
  • Residents other federal districts apply and apply for a visa at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow or the Moscow Visa Application Center.

Step Four - Submitting Documents

Starting September 14, 2015, by decision of the European Union, Russian citizens who wish to obtain a Schengen visa will be required to submit biometric data. Therefore, now, before submitting documents, it is necessary to register for a certain time at the Consulate General or at the Visa Center.

At the Visa Application Center, you arrive at the time of your appointment.

You come to the Consulate General strictly at the time of your appointment. Making an appointment begins at the beginning of the month, the number of accepted applications is limited. We advise you to contact the Visa Application Center. In addition, it is impossible to take out insurance at the consulate, make a photocopy or photograph, the entire package of documents should be ready, you will also not find consultants at the consulate.

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Step Five - Payment

The first amount you will need to spend is 35 euros (the so-called visa fee). This money is paid for all applications, except for children up to 5 years old inclusive. This amount is paid both by those who applied to the Consulate General and those who applied to the Visa Application Center.

The second amount that you spend is 26, 75 euros (the so-called service charge). This money is also paid for all applications, except for children up to 5 years old inclusive. This amount is paid only by those who applied to the Visa Application Center.

Where to pay?

You can pay 35 euros + 26.75 euros at the Visa Application Center. You can pay 25 euros at the bank if you are applying at the visa department of the consulate.

The bank is located near the building of the Consulate General at ul. Kirochnaya, d. 12 (Nordea Bank). Visa and Mastercard holders can pay the fee (25 euros) directly at the consulate through an ATM. When paying, you will need to enter the reference number (number from the yellow receipt).

Step Six - Track Visa Readiness

The deadlines for issuing a Finnish visa are provided by the Consulate General of Finland and published on our website. Information is updated every week. However, do not forget that these terms are anticipated and do not guarantee absolute readiness. To know for sure whether your visa is ready or not, you should contact the place of application.

Seventh step - obtaining a Finnish visa yourself

If you find out that your visa is ready, you can safely pick up a visa at the place of application.

Alas, theoretically denial of a Finnish visa is possible. In case of failure, refer to the material “Refusal to obtain a Finnish visa”, which describes in detail the progress of your further actions.

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