Artboard 1 Notice: Schengen Countries

Schengen Countries are countries that have signed an agreement, currently between 26 European States, to remove immigration controls to travel within their collective territories. This means entry into one Schengen Member State gives free access to all the other Schengen states.

If the visit includes more than one destination, the visa has to be applied to the Embassy/Consulate of the country that is the main destination of the journey (length of stay or the purpose). If no main destination is determined, the visa application should be submitted to the Schengen country of first entry.

Consulate information


3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 895-6720 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (subject to change). COVID-19 entry regulations have been lifted as of May 16, 2022. For up to date information, please click this link
  • CONSULAR JURISDICTION. The Embassy of Austria in Washington DC has consular jurisdiction. It can only process visa application from the residents under its jurisdiction area. Click link for a complete Embassy’s jurisdiction list
  • APPLY IN PERSON. Visa application is processed through VFS Global. Click here to schedule appointment and for registration process. When you are done with the registration you will receive an Appointment Confirmation Letter. Please PRINT and INCLUDE the letter with your application.
  • Passport must have at least six (6) months validity remaining beyond stay and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of the Schengen countries, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, UK/British Overseas Citizens, USA , Venezuela, and some other countries for staying up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.
  • The visa fee depends on the value of the USD when applying for the Schengen Visa.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements NON-US
Document checklist (original signature)
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form
The application must be typewritten. Not handwritten.
Passport size photos - one (1) photo
White background and should be free of shadows, in color and clear, without glasses. Applicants must directly face camera w/ a neutral expression and clearly visible eyes.
Copy of valid passport's vital information page
Copy of previous Schengen visas issued within the past 5 years.
*Notarized invitation letter
Letter of employment
Bank statements (last three (3) months)
Copy of appointment letter
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
Notarized letter of support (Business only)
Proof of legal residency in the US (original & copy)
Travel health insurance

*if you are staying with a private host, the following documents are required:

  • Signed invitation letter stating period of stay and relationship to visa applicant
  • Copy of host’s passport
  • Copy of host’s registration of residency (Meldebestätigung)
  • Copy of host’s rental agreement or property title

*for business, official invitation letter (original+copy) from a host organisation,
containing detailed information concerning:

  • Address and contacts of the inviting entity
  • Name and position of the signing person
  • Purpose and duration of stay
  • Person or entity who will bear the travel and living costs (if applicable)

Forms and Links

Application Form D Application Form (Shengen) Document checklist

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
15 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
Schengen Visa0.00Single/MultipleUp to 90 days

Additional Notes

  • Allow (2) two extra days for GC Visa Office to process your application.
  • For Long Term/Work Visa and Children under 18, Contact GC Visa Office.
  • Please note that Embassies/Country Representative Offices change the requirements on a regular basis without notifying us.
  • There is a GC surcharge for our services.

Last updated: October 13, 2022