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Applying for a Schengen Visa When You Are A Resident of Dubai

25 January 2016

Dubai's location makes it a central hub for business and leisure traveler around the world. Even residents of Dubai will find it easy to travel around the globe due to its strategic location. So, traveling to Europe is not a hassle as long as you have the budget, time, resources to allow you to visit Europe, and most importantly, you have the Schengen Visa stamped on your passport if you are planning to enter any of the member countries of the Schengen states.

What is a Schengen Visa?

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A Schengen visa is a visa for several countries included in the Schengen states that allows travel from one Schengen state to another using one valid visa.


What are the Schengen States?

The Schengen states are countries who are member of the Schengen agreement. The Schengen states consists of many European countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders.

The countries listed under the Schengen areas are:

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Liechtenstein


How to apply for a Schengen Visa if you are a resident of Dubai, UAE?

It is always best to check the embassy or consulate of the country you wish to visit. Most of them have consulates in Dubai. However, most Schengen countries with consulates and embassies in Dubai use common agency to accept and facilitate the visa application on their behalf.

Check for the documents required for the visa application and secure them as instructed by their respective websites. Most of the countries under the Schengen states use VFS Global or Cox and Kings (for those applying for Schengen via Italian Consulate) services.

Pay for the application if you are doing via online or pay upon submission of documents.

Submit all pertinent documents needed to the respective processing agency.

VFS Global
Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/
Located at the 2nd Floor, Wafi Mall, Dubai

And here are other helpline numbers as mentioned in their website:
• Autralia: 042055900
• Austria: 042055606
• Bulgaria: 042055850
• Cyprus: 042055660
• France: 042055999
• Germany: 042055666
• Hungary: 042055650
• Singapore: 042055880
• Sweden: 042055859
• Spain: 042055700
• Switzerland: 042055888
• Greece: 042055770
(Dial +971+area code+ tel. number if calling outside of UAE)


Cox and Kings Global Services (for those applying for Italian visa/Schengen Visa via Italy)
Website: http://www.ckgs.ae/
Located at Adjacent to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station, Office 1102, 48 Burjgate, Downtown Burj Area, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Upon submission, you will be advised to pay the visa processing fees and other fees related to your visa application. Biometrics will also be taken.

You will be asked to leave your passport and pay extra fees for courier charges to have it delivered once your application has been processed, approved and visa stamped on your travel document.


Fees?
Fees will vary depending on which Schengen country you want to visit so please check the respective consulate or embassy and refer to their visa fees section.



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