My Visa request for Schengen Visa has been refused by German embassy in Tehran[1]. I've got the refusal notice explaining the reasons for the refusal. But I don't find any stamp on my passport. Is that normal or they've forgot it?

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    My understanding is that they stamp your passport if you are refused entry, but not if a visa application is refused.
    – phoog
    Jul 19, 2016 at 21:34
  • What is the difference? @phoog
    – Masan
    Jul 19, 2016 at 21:35
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    In the first case, you either have a visa, or you don't need one because you're from an "annex ii" country, and when you show up at the border they decide not to let you in. In the second case, you're in the situation that you are now actually in.
    – phoog
    Jul 19, 2016 at 21:45
  • i think your passport only gets stamped if the visa application is accepted and the visa issued
    – Newton
    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:37
  • @Newton actually if the application is accepted, they put a sticker in the passport, not a stamp.
    – phoog
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:06

1 Answer 1


It's not necessary to have a refusal stamp in your passport.

The fact of your visa refusal will be recorded in the Schengen Information System, and the information will be available to the consulates and border officers of all Schengen countries. The same reasons for refusal that are ticked on your refusal notice are also recorded.

Thus, all Schengen states will be aware that you have had a previous visa refusal from Germany, and the reasons for the refusal that the consulate gave to you.

  • How long does it stay on Schengen Information System? @michael-hampton
    – Masan
    Jul 26, 2016 at 4:40
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    @Jamaisavenir The information will stay for a minimum of three years, and the country which issued the alert can extend the duration if necessary. Jul 26, 2016 at 4:46
  • @Jamaisavenir this answer isn't quite correct; information on visa refusals is to be entered into the Visa Information System, not the SIS (see Art. 32 of the Schengen Visa Code). An SIS alert would not be necessary for most visa refusals.
    – phoog
    May 17, 2018 at 19:47

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