The VFS for France Schengen Visa refused to accept my documents as my H1 visa stamp expired last month. However, my I797 is still valid till 2021.

After a lot of persuasion, all I got is that we cannot accept the documents as the consulate has been rejecting all similar application these days.

I find this strange as Europe is just a stopover trip on my way to India, where I will be getting my H1 stamped.

Any other way I can pursue, to get the schengen visa approved? Please suggest.


  • Unfortunately you don’t have any options. If you had actually been going on holiday, you could have just changed your itinerary (on paper) and try to apply from another country consulate (which does not use VFS) which is what I always used to do. Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 5:13
  • @MadHatter Hahahahaha i have no idea how I segued into Canada. Old age or mental freeze. Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 8:08

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It not very clear what type of Schengen Visa you are applying for.

I assume your an Indian citizen travelling from the US to India.

For a flight transfer using an internal Schengen Area flight a normal C-Visa must be applied for

  • New York --> Paris --> München --> India

For a transfer inside a Airport International Transit Areas, Schengen Countries will require a transit C-Visa from you since your US H-1B has expired.

Holders of a valid Canadian, Japanese or United States residence permit do not need a Transit Visa.

The form I797 is probably of no interest to France (or any other Schengen Country) unless it is a

  • Form type I-797F, Transportation Letter: Issued overseas to allow applicants to travel.

Assume that forms of other countries are of less interest than visas when applying for a transit visa.

Since your VFS seems unable to assist you in this matter, you should apply for the needed visa type directly from the consulate of first entry.

If you are planning to return back from India to the US in the near future, that expected date should also be given.
In such cases a multiple entry visa may be issued.

  • The destination country is clearly India.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 4:03
  • @phoog yes, after rereading the question, it seems the only thing that is clear. Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 5:50

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