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IMPORTANT MUST READ FOR ALL VISA APPLICANTS:

  • DO NOT DROP IN TO THE CONSULATE GENERAL IN SAN FRANCISCO OR BOOK A FLIGHT BEFORE YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED DATE AND TIME FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
  • THERE ARE NEW SCHENGEN REGULATIONS REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Please plan ahead as our processing times have changed for Schengen Visas (tourist / family / business): our internal visa calendar (not accessed by the public) is often booked anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks ahead of time; from the date of your appointment, you must then count 10 to 15 days to process the visa and / or decision.

For example only: If an applicant receives a confirmation that they will have an appointment either in person / or by mail 4 weeks from today’s date; they will then need to count an extra 10 to 15 days for the decision of their case and return of their passport

 
 
 

For those who have NOT been fingerprinted by a Schengen partner within the last 59 months:

you will need to come in person to be fingerprinted: the day of your appointment will consist of biometric fingerprinting and review of your application. The decision / visa will be issued within 10 to 15  business days after your initial appointment and your passport will be sent back to you at your own cost.

 
 
 

For those who have been fingerprinted by a Schengen partner in the USA within the last 59 months:

you should be able to apply by mail IF WE FIND YOUR FINGERPRINTS IN THE SCHENGEN SYSTEM: though you will be applying by mail and do NOT need fingerprinting, we will need to schedule an appointment in order to schedule time to process your visa; the decision for the visa will be issued within 10 to 15 business days after your initial appointment and your passport will be sent back to you at your own cost.

 
 
 

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE REFER TO THE LINK BELOW "APPLY FOR A VISA"

WE WILL CONTACT YOU AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL

VISA “RENEWALS” DO NOT EXIST: as every visa application requires a new process, we must schedule time in our calendar for EVERY VISA whether they are in person with fingerprinting or by mail (without new fingerprinting, using previously taken fingerprints from a Schengen partner or from us).

 
 
 

In order to check whether you need to apply for a visa and how to apply for it, please proceed as follows:

 

Note: US Citizens do not need a Visa but you need to make sure to fulfill all conditions!

 

If there are some open questions after you have followed the indicated steps, please email:

sanfrancisco.cg[at]mae.etat.lu.