Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th May 2017, 03:44   #331
BHPian
 
jacobvarughese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 221
Thanked: 193 Times
Default Re: Advice for Visas & Interviews

I got my Spanish visa endorsed on my passport yesterday after applying the day before albeit they stated the timeframe for processing of all Schengen visa applications is a minimum of 15 working days. I was in the US till early last week, and prodded my Travel Agent to ask the Spanish consulate in Mumbai whether I could submit it- the Consulate responded in the affirmative, and we booked an appointment day before in Mumbai.

I plan to visit Barcelona only for 3 days as a part of a business leadership meeting, and they've endorsed a month's validity with multiple entries.
jacobvarughese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th May 2017, 05:06   #332
Senior - BHPian
 
shankar.balan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: BLR
Posts: 8,053
Thanked: 5,304 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hserus View Post
Most consulates / embassies will account for that, or for any other sudden illness, work emergency etc that makes you postpone travel for a day or two, by giving you a visa that has a buffer of three or four days or often one week after you are scheduled to leave the country.



So it is up to you to plan your travel carefully to ensure you don't over extend your visa stay. If you do over extend and the airline isn't cooperative or the immigration people aren't cooperative, its your neck on the line not the airline's

If you're well travelled, possibly this may happen. But irrespective of this, the Schengen boys tend to stick to the itinerary dates, without allowing buffers.
shankar.balan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th May 2017, 05:22   #333
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: KA 18/KA 02
Posts: 388
Thanked: 857 Times
Default Re: Advice for Visas & Interviews

Forgive me for being a little flippant on a very serious thread.

But just in case all efforts to secure the desired Visas fail to bear fruit, I am given to understand that there is a special entry option routed through the following exit points located in different parts of the country. Please have a look.

Visa Balaji Temple, Chilkur

Aeroplane Gurudwara, Talhan

Khadia Hanuman Temple, Ahmadabad

Visa wale Chamatkari Hanumanji Temple, Neb Serai

Visa Anjaneyar Temple, Chennai

Visa Ganapathi Temple, Pazhavanthagal

As and when your Visa's get approved through any of the aforementioned divine embassies, please don't forget to offer a prayer for me too .

PS: I am neither a believer nor a beneficiary of the above. The intention of this post is to inform and not to mislead.
dailydriver is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 28th May 2017, 06:19   #334
Senior - BHPian
 
shankar.balan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: BLR
Posts: 8,053
Thanked: 5,304 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dailydriver View Post
Forgive me for being a little flippant on a very serious thread.


As and when your Visa's get approved through any of the aforementioned divine embassies, please don't forget to offer a prayer for me too .



PS: I am neither a believer nor a beneficiary of the above. The intention of this post is to inform and not to mislead.

The lure of 'phoren' continues for us average Indians.

We cant all be Ambani or Adani or Tata or Birla or Bansal or Satya Nadella or Sundar Pichai...
shankar.balan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th June 2017, 20:38   #335
BHPian
 
Raghav_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Chennai
Posts: 98
Thanked: 69 Times
Default

I'm having a Tourist visa interview at US Embassy - Chennai tomorrow. The instructions say to not reach the Embassy 15 minutes prior to interview slot.

Is 15 minutes enough? I usually see a queue standing outside embassy in the mornings.
Raghav_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th June 2017, 20:40   #336
BHPian
 
jacobvarughese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 221
Thanked: 193 Times
Default Re: Advice for Visas & Interviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raghav_K View Post
I'm having a Tourist visa interview at US Embassy - Chennai tomorrow. The instructions say to not reach the Embassy 15 minutes prior to interview slot.

Is 15 minutes enough? I usually see a queue standing outside embassy in the mornings.
Yep, this should be more than enough- to be honest, you wouldn't be allowed in until your stipulated time. Please ensure you don't carry electronic items as these are not let inside.

All the best with your interview ! My spouse and 2 small kids got their visas approved in April and there were minimal questions asked.
jacobvarughese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th June 2017, 20:48   #337
BHPian
 
Raghav_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Chennai
Posts: 98
Thanked: 69 Times
Default

Thanks! I went 10 minutes before the biometric appointment and got done in no time.

I got confused by some online forums/reviews of the embassy on google maps, telling to reach an hour early because of the huge queue. Some had even suggested to go by 9am irrespective of interview timing!!!
Raghav_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th June 2017, 20:56   #338
BHPian
 
jacobvarughese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 221
Thanked: 193 Times
Default Re: Advice for Visas & Interviews

Nothwithstanding the serpentine queue, just inform the VFS staff that your appointed time of interview is 15 minutes later and they'd just ask you to join the top of the line. T
jacobvarughese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th June 2017, 21:19   #339
BHPian
 
Raghav_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Chennai
Posts: 98
Thanked: 69 Times
Default

Thank you! I will do that!
Fingers crossed! Will revert here how it went , tomorrow
Raghav_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th June 2017, 14:42   #340
BHPian
 
Raghav_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Chennai
Posts: 98
Thanked: 69 Times
Default

Update: The visa process was smooth, took less than an hour, and our visas were approved Thanks for the help, jacob.

Mods: Please merge, as I'm unable to edit the previous post!
Raghav_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th June 2017, 16:09   #341
BHPian
 
jacobvarughese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 221
Thanked: 193 Times
Default

Many Congratulations Raghav. Have a nice time !
jacobvarughese is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Planning 15,000 kms, 32 day road-trip (23 States & Bhutan) - Suggestions & advice? Renjith_Mani Route / Travel Queries 27 24th August 2015 16:55
Advice on using a car Body Cover & washing webjunk Technical Stuff 24 17th November 2009 17:42
Hyundai Santro - Sub & Amp advice needed jobinjv In-Car Entertainment 17 7th July 2009 14:45


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 08:39.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks