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The website of the German embassy in India currently displays this notice: No visa queries are being addressed at the moment. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the German Embassy New Delhi is open for emergencies only. All visa related activities are on hold including decisions/issuing/extension of visas, long term national visas, Schengen visas and visa ...


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The VFS affixed a barcode sticker to the back of your passport; this is so that they can track when your passport is sent to the consulate, received at the consulate, returned to the VFS, and returned to the applicant. Each time the sticker is scanned a computer system is updated with the new status. The sticker is meaningless to the end-user and it is ...


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Your father needs to send a notarized letter to the embassy stating his details, details of you and your brother stating that he authorizes you both to travel. The details should have your complete name (as listed in your passport) along with your passport details (like passport number / expiry date); and his details and a copy of his passport or other ...


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In NL, the process of disputing your visa refusal is called "objecting" to the decision. If you feel your application was not processed correctly, you can provide an objection in writing. The visa refusal letter that you receive has instructions on how to submit your objection and includes the mailing address where you should mail it to. Your objection ...


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According to the VFS Global website: Biometric enrolment services provided for UK visa customers at US Dept. of Homeland Security Application Support Centers (ASCs) are temporarily suspended. Work is ongoing to restore service as soon as possible – please monitor this page for updates. Customers with ASC appointments this week are advised to ...


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Officially yes, once you've booked your appointment you are meant to cancel your normal application and rebook a premium one to upgrade as stated on the vfs website: Please note: once you have selected the type of centre to attend for your biometric appointment on GOV.UK, you will not be able to alter your selection without cancelling your ...


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IF you visit the link given in the letter you posted, you will see a link to a message about the disruption, which says in part: Normal service is in place across all 10 US VFS Premium Application Centres and available to all UK visa customers. Please note that services at these locations attract additional charges. Click ‘Premium Application Centres’ ...


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So I sent someone today to pick my passport up from VFS office (couldn't go due to work commitments) and it turns out that I was indeed granted a Schengen visa. I'm still puzzled about this whole situation. I never provided the additional information they requested, I actually requested for my visa submission to be cancelled and for my passport to be ...


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It's not possible to give a definite answer to the general question. Whenever two parties disagree about some fact, either one could be wrong. But it is possible to give some general guidelines. First, more recent information is more likely to be correct, the reason for which should be obvious. Second, because the country's government makes the rules, ...


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More information about this: Article in the Guardian, 16 April 2019 says the problem arose because the UK missed a payment to USCIS. Specifically, it says that a UK payment didn't clear before its deadline. It doesn't explain how it is possible that such a problem could happen by mistake. It says that the alternative, applying at VFS premium application ...


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According to the VFS website the Silver Premium Package contains: Priority Visa: Put your application at the front of the queue Application and Document: Peace of mind that you have all the supporting documents required Courier: Get your passport delivered directly to your home or office SMS: Get instant visa application updates sent to your ...


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The Internet Archive has a copy of the web page from April 6 that contains the "walk-in" language. However, if VFS Global has removed this text, it may still not be operative, and as you note, there's no guarantee that the ASC locations will honor something that used to be on a website, but there's a copy of it for you one way or another. According to the ...


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Does/Could this mean anything or am i overthinking? It means absolutely nothing to you. That person has no bearing on the decision and can't even suggest looks good to the ECO. Whatever the color of that sticker, it is for their internal use and can not effect the outcome of this application. If a British Ambassador can not impact the outcome, a VFS ...


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There is a service for $75 to allow walk ins, but it is only applicable if you have already purchased a premium package and are using it as an add on, the Bronze premium package is $410. It allows you to not only walk in without an appointment, but also outside of the 1pm-3pm appointment times. As stated on the VFS Website: This service is only available ...


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VFS Global provided an update today with a helpful infographic on when applicants may visit a premium application centre. Presumably they will keep updating the schedule in the above mentioned link until normal operations are restored at USCIS application centers.


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A Bewijs van garantstelling en/of particuliere logiesverstrekking would be the most logical choice. It would establish that you have a bona fide invitation and that your sponsor is serious about hosting you. Note that, from the perspective of the consulate, the situation raises many questions and I would not assume that the genuineness of the relationship ...


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This answer is scoped only to the San Francisco VFS and assumes that all applicants qualify for the premium service... I and my wife got the appointment on the same day but different times (10:30 am & 12:30 pm) - in San Francisco. But our son got the appointment 2 days later. Can all three of us go together during my appointment date/time? Will ...


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VFS, in case all 3rd party visa processing firms, are crap in terms of updating the current status of your visa application. The only have 2 status, application send to embassy and application processed and received back from embassy. In between those 2 statuses they will not and cannot give any updates. Firstly the embassies doesn't update them about the ...


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No one can predict the outcome, but best practices would indicate that an absolutely fresh application should be made. This is to avoid two important considerations: a credibility hit on the application if it is discovered; and having to perpetuate the lie in future applications so as to be consistent. Previous names are an important data item, and ...


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Unfortunately, I won't be able to collect my passport for 9-10 days. Unfortunately there is no way for us to tell, absolutely no way. Everything we are going to say will be guesswork. Does this imply that my visa has been approved? No, It doesn't indicate the outcome. You have to wait for the 11th day. Or you can provide the required authority letter ...


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The Document Checklist that is produced as part of completing the online application for a U.K. Standard Visitor visa requires a signature, and states that it should not be signed until the applicant is at the appointment. It also includes a space for the Submission Officer to sign. My understanding is that it is part of the required documents; if it wasn’t ...


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Does this mean my application has been rejected, has processed without the requested document? It certainly doesn't mean that your application has been rejected. It does seem as though they are proceeding with the processing of your application without waiting for the requested document, and that does not bode well for the eventual outcome of the ...


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VFS premium service is option, but you need to purchase the return label through the site. They call it premium service also, which is confusing. If you buy the round trip - you will just have to drop it in the nearest UPS.


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As written in a comment by @Giorgio: If you're unable to get a response from the VFS centre through which you applied, your other option would be to contact the UKVI help centre: it is fee based in England and it available 24 hours a day Monday through Friday (so not from Saturday12 am through Sunday 12 pm GMT.) At this point, calling would be faster than ...


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There are 4 solutions - If there's still a lot of time for travel, then wait for services to go back up. If you have time, then Create a new visa application, and use VFS premium ASC centre, and bronze service right away. Create a refund request for older application. Link for this would be on payment confirmation email. If short on time and in hurry, ...


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Now there is an option to scan and upload all the supporting documents on the VFS Global website for each applicant for UK Visa. If all documents are uploaded properly, then you can visit the VFS center for your bio-metric appointment with only your current valid and old passports. You can also choose to take all your original documents and VFS will scan ...


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The application fee is included within the silver package valued at $875, the only thing that would be extra is the 'walk in without appointment' service which is only available as an add on for an additional $75. For any further questions they offer an email contact service and have a specific number for English speaking calls coming from outside the UK: ...


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You don't have to give biometrics again for a Schengen visa if less than five years has passed since the last time you gave biometrics. The biometrics are stored in the Visa Information System where they are available to all Schengen states for that period.


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It seems that you do not need to purchase the shipping label from VFS unless you wish to use their premium service. You are free to use a pre-paid, self-addressed UPS shipping label for passport/document return. Quoting from VFS FAQ: 8. Document return Customers who attend a Premium Application Centre, will have their passport returned to them by courier ...


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VFS Global is not a courier service, it is the company that processes your application, meaning they carry out "administrative and non-discretionary tasks" related to your application. You can mail your documents to them by any means you like. The "fully addressed prepaid electronic shipping label" that you are required to send for your visa to be returned ...


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