A recent survey by Schengen Visa Info revealed that Indians lost nearly INR 90 crore in 2022 because of visa rejections. As per reports, there was a huge boost seen in the number of applicants for Schengen visa, which resulted in higher visa rejections.
The results also mentioned that India still had the second-highest number of Schengen visa rejections in the whole world as more than 100,000 visas were refused. This also resulted in an estimated loss of INR 87 crore on trips that have to be cancelled.
As per reports, India had received 671,928 visa applications in 2022 and 18% (121,188) were rejected. Though the rejection rate is lower than the 2021 rate of 23.3%, it still is higher than the global average rejection rate of 17.9% in 2022.
In India, the application fee for Indian citizens of 12 years and above with a normal passport is INR 7200. The fee is different for kids below 12, students and representatives of NGOs, and citizens of other nations.
In 2022, India invested some INR 480 crores in visa applications with approximately INR 87 crore lost due to 121,188 rejected applications.
The refusal rates were highest for the Algerian nationals and out of 392,478 visa applications from Algeria, 179,409 were denied. Algeria was closely followed by India and Turkey with 121,188 and 120,876 rejections, respectively.
Morocco and Russia also had to go through major rejection numbers of visa application rejections, with 119,346 and 68,753 rejections respectively. Tunisia had to face 48,909 rejection, while the United Arab Emirates experienced 42,105 rejections.
The Schengen visa is noted for its complex requirements and one of the most difficult to obtain visas. The Schengen region covers 26 European nations, which are Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
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