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Q: Visa Procedure for Europe ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Visa Procedure for Europe
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: dallas_desi-ga
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Posted: 13 Aug 2005 20:05 PDT
Expires: 12 Sep 2005 20:05 PDT
Question ID: 555503
I am an an Indian student in Dallas, USA (on F1 student visa). I wish
to travel to Europe as a tourist. What is the procedure for acquiring
European visa in my case? How many countries will it include? Also,
can you tell me the phone number and address of the nearest consulates
where I can get the visa.
Subject: Re: Visa Procedure for Europe
Answered By: landog-ga on 13 Aug 2005 23:33 PDT
Thanks for the question.

Since you are an Indian citizen, you will need a Visa for an Indian
nationality. Do you have a list of countries you plan on visiting?

A general guide for European countries that are members of the
European Union is that there are no entry requirements or restrictions
on EU nationals visiting EU members country. Citizens of Australia,
Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not need visas to
visit either country as tourists for up to three months. Except for
people from a few other European countries (such as Switzerland and
Norway), everyone else must have a visa (yes, including Indian
nationality). Three-month tourist visas are issued by embassies or
consulates. They can take a while to be processed, so leave enough
time before departure to apply. Fees vary depending on your

To check on specific European countries Visa requirements go here:
Choose a country from the list and then choose 'Facts' on the left
menu bar to see the Visa requirements.
Choose from the list here a country and then at the bottom right of
the window choose 'Passport/Visa':

You may also want to take a look at the Schengen Agreement of 1990
(European visa policy ), even though your are not a EU member, but it
does give you some information on travel between EU and non EU
countries in Europe:
"The Schengen Treaty means that people within the participating
countries can move into any other participating country without having
to show their passports, or in any other way being checked. The
Schengen Treaty also means that participating countries will
co-ordinate their external controls. This is necessary since a person
acceptable to one country but not to another can still enter both, if
one admits him. For example, immigration policy must be agreed upon as
immigrants can enter through the most relaxed border and make their
way to less hospitable countries once within Schengenland unless entry
criteria are homogeneous."

Some European Union information can be found here:
"The European Union or EU is an intergovernmental and supranational
union of 25 European countries, known as member states. The European
Union was established under that name in 1992 by the Treaty on
European Union (the Maastricht Treaty). However, many aspects of the
Union existed before that date through a series of predecessor
relationships, dating back to 1951. According to the Lisbon Agenda the
European Union or EU is to become until the end of the decade the most
advanced economic, technological and cultural area of the Earth.

The European Union's activities cover all areas of public policy, from
health and economic policy to foreign affairs and defense. However,
the extent of its powers differs greatly between areas. Depending on
the area in question, the EU may therefore resemble:

a federation (for example, on monetary affairs, agricultural, trade
and environmental policy)
a confederation (for example, on social and economic policy, consumer
protection, home affairs)
an international organisation (for example, in foreign affairs) "

Also - keep in mind that there are no real border/passport checks
traveling between EU member's European countries on mainland Europe.
So it's not really realistic (for example) to get all Visas for
Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Austria - when there are no
checks at the borders of these countries (not including entrance from
Non- EU member countries). You should have no real difficulty just
getting a Visa for the European country you will be entering (From the
USA) to and exiting from.

If you need to have information on Eastern European countries that may
have passport checks when entering from an EU member's country you may
find it here (choose a country from the list and scroll down to the
'Travel Requirements'):

Here you can find a list of Consulates & Other Foreign Govt Reps in
the Dallas, TX area.

For other countries that do not have a consulate or embassy in your
near area - let me know specifically for which country and I will find
it out for you.

Offices and contact info for EU member states in the USA can be found here:

Please let me know if you need more details or clarifications.
Subject: Re: Visa Procedure for Europe
From: hummer-ga on 14 Aug 2005 04:55 PDT
Hi dallas_desi,

Please see the following guide regarding re-entry into the U.S. for
F-1 nonimmigrants (click on the link for full details).

F-Nonimmigrants: Entry and Exit
"Students should consult their Designated School Official (DSO) prior
to traveling. Your DSO generally works in the International Student
Office. You must have a current SEVIS Form I-20 endorsed for travel
and your DSO needs to be able to verify that your SEVIS record is
accurate and up-to-date."

Subject: Re: Visa Procedure for Europe
From: myoarin-ga on 14 Aug 2005 08:33 PDT
I agree with all Landog-ga has said about free travel between members
of the Schengen Agreement, but with the heightened security since the
bombings in England, if you are travelling between England and the
Continent and as an Indian need a visa for England AND for France,
Belgium, or Hollad (whichever country you would be crossing the
Channel to and from) it could be advisable to have a visa for each
country.  The Schengen Agreement can be suspended for controlling
border traffic.  Presumably the visa for one country would still mean
that you could enter the other, but as a person from a country with a
Muslim population, this precaution could avoid a hassle.
You might ask your Embassy or Consulate for advice:

You will have to submit your passport for each visa, so plan ahead.

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