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Frequently asked questions

Must I apply in person for a visa?
When it is mandatory to apply in person.

First time applicant without available fingerprints from a previous Schengen visa have to apply in person to do the biometric data capture.  The fingerprints are available for five years.

When it is not mandatory to apply in person

If you previously have presented yourself in person and have available biometrics in the form of fingerprints and photograph you do not need to apply in person. 

You can submit your application via a visa service or any other third party.  They should in turn book an appointment at the Swedish Visa Application Center (VFSGlobal) or Embassy of Sweden.  

When can I get my visa?

Proccessing time for a Scengen visa is up to 15 calendar days.  If your application requires further investigation it might take more than 15 days.  If you applied through our external service provider VFSGlobal you can track your application at the Swedish Visa Application Centers website. For further enquiries concerning visas please e-mail: info.swza@vfshelpline.com or contact the Call Center,  +27 12 425 3001

How do I apply for a Schengen visa with multiple entries, for a longer period?

Attach a letter of request and motivate the reason for the need of a longer validity visa for Sweden.  Your passport needs to be valid for the full period of the visa plus three months.

Do I have the right to appeal in case my application is rejected?

Yes, it is possible to appeal a decision on a Schengen visa. This does not apply to national (D-type) visas. The decision to reject an application for a Schengen visa will require justification. This means that you will get information in the decision as to why your application was rejected. If you received a decision you are not satisfied with, you can submit a written appeal to the Embassy of Sweden no later than 3 weeks from the day you received your decision.

Does everyone have to provide fingerprints?

Most visa applicants must provide fingerprints, with a few exceptions. Those who are not required to provide fingerprints are:

  • - Children under the age of 12

    - Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible

    - Heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;

    - Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

    - Persons who have submitted their fingerprints for the purpose of a Schengen visa application during the last 59 months.