I've applied for a student short stay visa for France (on an Indian passport) and the local consulate required the following for the application : Copy of personal return flights reservation with confirmed dates.
I didn't want to book tickets by paying before applying since I applied around 10 working days before my travel and there is every chance the visa may not be processed in time. So what I did was to go to Yatra.com, an Indian website which allows one to hold a flight reservation for 24 hours for free. There I booked tickets (Qatar Airways) and placed a hold without paying. I got a PNR and using it, I printed a ticket from Qatar's site and gave it as my flight reservation proof for the application. But the catch is since I didn't pay in 24 hours, the hold expired and if someone now searches with the PNR on Qatar's site, there will be no such booking. Is this a problem? Will the consulate actually check this? I don't think I'm expected to book flights when the visa approval is uncertain and hence don't see why this should be a problem. But will it be?