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|IMPORTANT: On 20 November 2015 the Visa Information System (VIS) was introduced in the United Kingdom. Every applicant aged 12 years and over must apply in person in order to have fingerprints taken. Please see below under point 1 where and how to make an appointment.|
Implementation of visa biometrics starting 20 November 2015
Starting November 20th, 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric data registered.
Visa applications will be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics (finger prints and a digital photograph). It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered.
The procedure to take finger prints is easy, quick and discrete. The applicant will only have to place his or her fingers on the digital scanner. If he or she wants to reapply for a visa within five years, new finger printing will not be required: the previous data stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) will be re-used. After five years the finger print data will be deleted.
When a visa holder arrives at the border, Schengen border control officers will use the VIS to check the identity and verify if the visa is genuine. Quick, easy and reliable biometric checks will help to prevent visa fraud. The clear majority of applicants will therefore be able to go through a faster procedure.
For more information about the VIS, see http://ec.europa.eu/vis .
1. Where, when and how can you submit a visa application?
The application must be submitted in person at the Luxembourg Embassy, 27 Wilton Crescent, London SW1X 8SD. You should call the Embassy on 020 7235 6961 to book an appointment. Please note that there is at present a 2 week wait for appointments. The Embassy will endeavour to issue your visa within 15 days from the day of the application.
2. How much is the handling fee (cost for processing your visa application)?
The handling fee for a short stay C visa is €60 paid in cash in Pound Sterling. The handling fee for a long stay D visa is €50 paid in cash in Pound Sterling. Please check with the Embassy as the exchange rate fluctuates.
- Children under six years of age, school pupils, students and accompanying teachers on study or educational trips as well as researchers (when travelling for research purpose only) will be exempt from the visa fee by all Schengen states regardless of their nationality
- Spouses/children/parents of EU/EEA/EFTA nationals who are eligible for a EU-family member visa are exempt from the visa fee
- If you are a citizen of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia or Ukraine the visa fee is reduced (€35)
- Visa fee for children age 6 to 12 is reduced (€35)
The fee will not be reimbursed in the event of a refusal of the visa.
3. Required documents
The nationals of the following countries need a visa to enter Luxembourg.
4. Checking the status of your visa application
The Luxembourg Embassy submits all visa applications to the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Service des Visas. It is the only competent authority with regards to the admittance, stay, residence and removal of foreigners from Luxembourg territory.
Once a decision has been taken, the Embassy will inform you personally.
The Embassy is not in a position to provide any further updates on your application while the decision is pending with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Should you still have questions, please contact the Luxembourg Embassy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .