a supplementary post for Schengen Visa Application at the French Embassy
I have to admit that deciding to apply at another embassy rather than reapplying at the Italian Embassy was a scary experience! We asked advice from forum members but no one from Female Network or Pinoy Exchange have tried it before so they were recommending that we reapply at the Italian Embassy Instead.
What are the risks?
1. Another possible denial to add in our records
2. We can get blacklisted because they might think we are “visa-shopping”
What is Visa Shopping
I “The practice of making further visa applications to other EU States when a first application has been rejected”
I read somewhere (online), that even though you have been denied by a Schengen State and you applied at another embassy, the Visa consul will still look at your application with fresh eyes and will decide based on the documents you presented.
Honesty Is The Best Policy
The Schengen States uses a centralized database for visa processing so they will know if you have been denied for a visa. So if the consul asked you during the interview if you have applied before, say yes!
VIS aka Visa Information System
“The VIS allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. It consists of a central IT system and of a communication infrastructure that links this central system to national systems”
We also called the French Embassy and asked if it was ok to reapply at the French Embassy after being denied by the Italian Embassy. They told us to present documents that will prove that France is our main destination.
Be Prepared for Questions
If you are going to follow the road I/we have taken to get our Schengen Visa, I recommend that your prepare yourself to be asked the following questions, you know just in case they ask:
1. Why do you decide to apply here instead of reapplying at (insert embassy here)?
2. What was/were the reason for denial?
By the way, the consul didn’t ask us any of these questions, again, just in case.
You have to prove that you really are going to make changes to your itinerary and sticking to it.
Book hotels and present your booking. Confidently recite your updated itinerary when you are asked. Confidence is key!
Hope for the Best
The wait was excruciating for us because we were in a situation wherein we couldn’t reapply anymore if we got denied again because we were so close to our travel date.
I cried myself to sleep when we got denied the first time, I kid you not. I cried in fear that I might not step in Europe soil last year. So, I prayed and listened to positive songs until “judgement day”.
In the end it all worked out and I was able to go to Europe. It was definitely the best 15 days in my existence. 🙂