I am about to apply for a tourist visa to Spain. According to their website, I have all the documents needed. Can I please ask how many days does it normally take to get a visa?

As I need a transit visa from the USA government as well, how many days does it take to get one?

I will apply for both visas from New Zealand.

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    As for Spain, It shouldn't take more than 2-3 weeks (talking from my experience), and for USA I can't really say, haven't done it before, but I've heard that is really fast, something like 2-4 days. Aug 16, 2016 at 13:30
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    Did you already book the flight? There are many NZ<->Europe connections that do not need a US transit visa. As the processing fees for US visa are quite high, it may in total be cheaper for you to take one of the middle-east or Asian airlines.
    – DCTLib
    Aug 16, 2016 at 14:48
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    Are you traveling on a New Zealand passport?
    – choster
    Aug 16, 2016 at 14:50
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    @choster most probably not
    – blackbird
    Aug 16, 2016 at 15:10
  • @choster blackbird is right. I am not travelling with a NZ passport.
    – Yu Zhang
    Aug 16, 2016 at 19:03

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The Spanish embassy in Wellington says they usually process regular Schengen applications within 15 days, sometimes extending to 30.

El plazo máximo para resolver los expedientes de solicitud de visado de corta duración (Schengen) es de 15 días naturales a partir de la fecha de presentación de la solicitud. Este plazo podrá ampliarse a un máximo de 30 días naturales en casos concretos

The deadline for resolving application files of short-term visa (Schengen) is 15 calendar days from the date of filing of the application. This period may be extended up to 30 calendar days in individual cases

The US page for New Zealand (presumably for Wellington) says they process nonimmigrant applications within 5-7 business days, but that's after the interview, for which there's currently a day waiting time.

Although visa processing time is typically five (5) to seven (7) business days, processing time for specific cases may vary due to an individual's circumstances and other special requirements, and this may take a longer time. Visa processing cannot be expedited.

Note that while the US has its embassy in Wellington, that page for the interview wait times has times for Auckland. Also, these mean processing times also assume you have a complete and ready application.


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