What role does the Visa Application Centre play in granting a Schengen visa?
I recently made a visa application with VFS Global in London, for a multiple-entry Schengen visa. The interview went really well, and the person interviewing me gave me no indication that anything could be wrong with my application, and he handed me back some of my supporting documents. He then put the other documents in a folder which would be sent to the Embassy.
After I left, I looked through the documents he gave back to me, and in there were photocopies of my past visas, bank statements, payslips, etc. These are all important documents to show my peripatetic history, means of subsistence etc.
Has he already accepted my application and is it only being sent to the Embassy for final approval? If not, why would he return to me most of my supporting documents? Does this disadvantage my application? If so, what can I do about it?